US defence giant names new CEO for Saudi operations

Lockheed Martin has announced Brigadier General (Retired) Joseph Rank as the new chief executive for its operations in Saudi Arabia
US defence giant names new CEO for Saudi operations
Joseph Rank will lead the Lockheed Martin’s growing business in the Gulf kingdom with responsibilities for building and cultivating key partner relationships. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)
By Sam Bridge
Fri 12 Oct 2018 12:47 AM

Defence giant Lockheed Martin has announced Brigadier General (Retired) Joseph Rank as the new chief executive for its operations in Saudi Arabia.

Rank will lead the company’s growing business in the kingdom with responsibilities for building and cultivating key partner relationships, a statement said.

Rank takes over the position from Alan Chinoda who will be returning to Lockheed Martin based in the United States.

Rank recently concluded 31 years of service in the US Army, most recently in the Office of the Secretary of Defence where he served as the acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East Policy.

He has served almost a decade in the region to include positions as senior defence attaché in the United Arab Emirates (2015-2017), Jordan (2011-2014), Lebanon (2010-2011) and Yemen (2004-2006).

“I am confident that under Joe’s leadership we will drive this strategic relationship to greater heights in the kingdom, supporting Vision 2030, while strengthening regional and global security,” said Rick Edwards, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin International.

“Joe brings a wealth of regional knowledge and experience to his new role as our chief executive in Riyadh. He will be an invaluable resource to our local operations as we continue to build new partnerships and grow our footprint in the kingdom.”

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