Orlando “OJ” Sanchez, formerly vice president and general manager for the F-22 program at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), has been appointed VP and GM for the company’s aeronautics integrated fighter group.
He succeeds Bridget Lauderdale, who recently assumed the roles of VP and GM for Lockheed’s F-35 Lightning II program, and will oversee the development, production and sustainment of F-22 and F-16 programs and international partnerships over J-FX, K-FX and T-50 programs, the company said Monday.
Sanchez has held senior leadership positions in the F-35 program and sustainment since joining Lockheed in 2014.
Prior to Lockheed, he served in the U.S. Air Force and held program and operational leadership roles, including director of staff and principal adviser for the deputy director on the Joint Staff. He logged more than 2,100 flight hours as a pilot operating F-22 and F-15C fighter jets.
Greg Ulmer, executive VP for Lockheed’s aeronautics business, said Sanchez’s experience as a fighter pilot, strong relationships and strategic thinking will help IFG continue to deliver support to F-22 and F-16 operators and industry partners worldwide.