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Issue 15
issue pic Joanne M. Maguire
Executive Vice President
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Joanne Maguire is Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (SSC) business area and an officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation. SSC employs approximately 18,000 people and generated $8 billion in sales for Lockheed Martin in 2007.

Under her leadership SSC provides a broad spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national security, civil and commercial customers. Chief products include human space flight systems; a full range of remote sensing, navigation, meteorological, and communications satellites; strategic and missile defense systems; space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft.

Ms. Maguire serves on the board of directors for United Launch Alliance, a Lockheed Martin joint venture. She also serves on the boards of two nonprofit organizations: Space Foundation, the premier organization supporting space activities, space professionals, and education; and INROADS, whose mission is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry, preparing them for corporate and community leadership.

In 2008, Ms. Maguire was named one of the Top 50 Women in Technology by Corporate Board Member magazine. In 2006, 2007 and 2008, Ms. Maguire was listed on Fortune magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Industry. Girls Inc. honored her in 2008 for her achievements as a "leader and role model for young women." She also was awarded the 1999 Outstanding Leadership Award by Women in Aerospace (WIA) for her leadership contributions on various space prograMs., and for being a role model of exceptional performance, mentoring, and support to the career advancement of others.

Ms. Maguire assumed her current position in 2006. She previously served as Vice President and Deputy of SSC. In this capacity she assisted the Executive Vice President of Space Systems with the full range of general management duties. Ms. Maguire joined Lockheed Martin in 2003 serving initially as the company's Vice President, Special PrograMs., focusing on sensitive national security space system developments. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, she enjoyed a productive career at TRW's Space & Electronics sector, now Northrop Grumman Space Technology. There Ms. Maguire assumed a range of progressively responsible positions from engineering analyst to Vice President and Deputy to the sector's CEO, participating in missions spanning national security, civil and international space, and providing leadership of prograMs. as well as engineering, advanced technology, manufacturing and business development functions.

She earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University and a Master's degree in Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Ms. Maguire is a graduate of the executive program in management at UCLA's Anderson School of Management and completed the Harvard Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security.

1) How did you get started in the satellite business?

My father was a senior executive at a major aerospace firm - so this industry is in my blood. I joined TRW (now Northrop Grumman) right after graduating from Michigan State University. I spent my first two years working in the missile systems analysis area. Then, after earning my masters degree at UCLA, I shifted over to the satellite side of the business, initially as a control systems engineer.

2) How have you been involved in changes brought about in or by this business (innovations, technologies, services)?

I had the privilege to participate in the design, development and/or operations of all four of NASA's great space observatories -- Hubble, Compton, Spitzer and Chandra. I have also had the chance to help reshape our US launch infrastructure to be more affordable and reliable through the formation and operation of the Lockheed Martin - Boeing joint venture, United Launch Alliance.

3) What do you think was the greatest event/situation/opportunity you experienced?

I would have to say it was the opportunity to be a part of NASA/Lockheed Martin team that successfully landed the Phoenix Lander spacecraft on Mars in May 2008. It was a dazzling technological and engineering achievement; it opened the door for some eye-opening scientific discovery; but beyond that it was a really impressive demonstration of the power of teamwork.

4) What was the greatest obstacle?

The toughest times I encountered in my space career came after the fall of the Berlin Wall, as our national security space customers adapted to declining budgets and the aerospace industry contracted and consolidated. As a community we tried to adjust to the call for "faster, better, cheaper" with mixed results.

5) What do you see happening in the next five years in this industry?

The next five years will be very exciting as we transition to the next generation of human space flight systems with the retirement of the Space Shuttle, develop new environmental satellites for NASA and NOAA, and field new sophisticated remote sensing systems.

6) What advice do you have for women interested in entering the industry?

Follow and nurture your passion - this is what will sustain you/engage you throughout a career in this industry: the chance to work on cutting edge problems, with talented and dedicated people, to make a difference in helping to connect, protect, and explore our world are compelling reasons for joining our industry.


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Issue No. 15:
Women in Space

Spring 2009

General Editor Introduction

From the Guest Editor

Audrey Allison, Dir., Frequency Management Services, Boeing Shared Services Group

Anita Antenucci, Managing Dir. Houlihan Lokey's Aerospace-Defense-Government

Dr. Wanda M. Austin Pres. & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation

Julie Bannerman, Gen.Counsel, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Sharri Berg, Senior V.P., News Operations, Fox News

Leslie Blaker, DataPath, Inc.

Yvonne Brill, Consultant, Satellite Tech. & Space Propulsion Systems

Michelle Bryan, Senior V.P., Human Resources, Intelsat

Dr. Angie Bukley, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering

Catherine Chang, General Counsel & Asst. Company Secretary, AsiaSat

Sabrina Cubbon, Gen. Manager, Marketing, AsiaSat

Yvette Dominguez, Manager, Payload Design Engineering Section, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Chris Ehrenbard, Dir., Broadcast Distribution, CBS

Mary Ann Elliot, Chairman of the Board, Arrowhead Global Solutions, Inc.

Celeste Ford, Founder & CEO, Stellar Solutions, Inc.

Mary Frost, former CEO, GlobeCast America

Eilene Galloway, NASA Pioneer

Carmen González-Sanfeliu, V.P., Latin America & Caribbean, Intelsat

Dawn Harms, V.P., Marketing & Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Ellen Hoff, Pres., W.L. Pritchard & Co., L.C.

Polly Rash Hollis, Satellite Industry Professional

Britt Horncastle, Satellite Consultant

Susan Irwin, Pres., Irwin Communications, Inc.

Barbara Jaffe, Senior V.P., Advanced Technology and Operations, HBO

Christine King, Deputy V.P., Technical Services & Engineering, Lockheed Martin

Betsy Kulick, Newsletter Editor & Corporate Secretary, Mobile Satellite Users Association

Penelope Longbottom, Founder & Pres., Longbottom Communications

Joanne Maguire, Exec. V.P., Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Andrea Maléter, Technical Dir., Futron Corporation

Joan T. Mancuso, Founder & Executive, Broadband International LLC

Dolores Martos, V.P., Sales for Latin America & Caribbean, SES Americom - SES New Skies

Brig. Gen. Susan K. Mashiko, Vice Commander, Space & Missile Systems Center, L.A. Air Force Base

Eileen McGowan, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Intelsat

Olwen Morgan, Development Engineer

Bridget Neville, V.P. & Gen. Manager, Satellite Engineering & Operations, Sirius XM Radio

Christine Paape, V.P., Space Explorers, Inc.

Rhonda Parson, Manager, Occasional-Use Sales & Traffic Division, EchoStar Satellite Services

Maj. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Deputy Dir., National Reconnaissance Office

Jane Petro, Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director

Dr. Nongluck Phinainitisart, D.Eng., Pres., Thaicom PLC

Mary Quagliotti, Retired Major General, Army

Radhika Ramachandran, Ph.D., Counsellor (SPACE) & Technical Liaison Officer

Veena Rawat, Pres., Communications Research Centre, Canada

Joslyn Read, V.P., Regulatory Affairs, SES Americom - SES New Skies

Walda Roseman, Founder & CEO, CompassRose International, Inc.

Farah Suhanah Ahmad Sarji, General Counsel, MEASAT

Jacqueline Schenkel, Founder, Schenkel & Associates, LLC

Kay Sears, Pres., Intelsat General

Gwynne Shotwell, Pres., SpaceX

Marcia Smith, Pres., Space Technology Policy Group, LLC

Pascale Sourisse, Gen. Manager, Land & Joint Systems Division, Thales

Andy Steinem, CEO, Dahl-Morrow International

Nicole P. Stott, Astronaut, NASA

Bambi Taskarelli, Voice/Data Engineer, NBCU

Leslie Taylor, Strategic Planning Division Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Synette Tom, Marketing Dir., Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Marjorie Rhodes Townsend, Satellite Communications Consultant

Diane Tryneski, Senior V.P., Broadcast & Studio Operations, HBO

Diane VanBeber, V.P., Investor Relations, Corporate & Marketing Communications, Intelsat

Barbara Warren, Systems Analyst, International Telecommunication Union

Zhang Yan, Gen. Manager, CITICSat and Chief Rep., Asiasat

UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology: Astronomy Blog

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