Scott Greene runs one of four key business areas for Lockheed Martin: Missiles and Fire Control. The $10 billion business, which is based in Grand Prairie and employs about 19,000 people, develops, manufactures, and supports advanced combat, missile, rocket, and energy systems. It also provides technical and logistics support for its suite of military and global energy customers.
Education: Cornell University (Bachelor’s in Applied Economics and Business Administration)
First Job: “In middle school, I started shoveling snow for money during the cold winters in upstate New York, which turned into mowing grass in the summertime. These jobs helped me learn two things very early on that have stuck with me throughout my career. First, the importance of paying attention to even the smallest of details; and second, hard work involves sweat. There is no easy way out when you are mowing a big lawn in New York—unless you have a riding mower, which I did not have. Sometimes you just need to put your head down, roll up your sleeves, and complete the task at hand, and the reward is that much sweeter.”
Proud Moment: “Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has won five new programs in the last two years. These wins were significant business pursuits, and we have hired nearly 10,000 employees, with our overall area business population now at 20,000 employees. My talented colleagues are second to none, and I’m excited to lead this business during this time of transformational growth.”
Favorite Thing: “I have a few tools that my grandfather passed down to me. He was a tool and model maker and sparked my curiosity about machines at a young age. I would take various kitchen appliances apart in our house growing up and try to reassemble them using the tools my grandfather gave me. Some reassembles took longer than others, which frustrated my mom at times.”
Nonprofit Cause: “I learned the importance of giving back early on in life. Growing up, United Way and several nonprofits played a vital role in supporting my family and specifically my sister, who required special medical attention. These nonprofit organizations gave my family the care, education, and resources we needed. Having personally benefited from the selflessness of others, I know the impact individuals can make by giving back.”
Bucket List: “I’ve always wanted to travel to Ireland, specifically to trace my lineage and establish relationships with relatives.”
Looking Ahead: “Our industry is entering a new era. I’m excited about Lockheed Martin’s ability to lead the way through digital transformation, which will have a robust impact on increasing innovation, speed to market, and product affordability. We’re changing the game for our customers and our workforce; it couldn’t be a better time to have a hand in leading this impactful change.”
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