Susan Kiehl
VP of Product Development, Lockheed Martin

Plenary Speaker
Susan Kiehl is the Vice President of Product Development – Integrated Fighter Group (IFG), for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. She is responsible for the development, test, management, execution, and delivery of IFG technical solutions and products. Previously, Kiehl served as Vice President, F-35 Earned Value & Performance Excellence for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, where she was responsible for the F-35 business rhythm, ensuring timely, accurate, and compliant program execution and finance, scheduling, and program management products. Kiehl has held various leadership roles since joining Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in 1984. As the Vice President, Program Management from 2010 to 2012, she was responsible for the workforce development, program assist, and the planning, processes, and tools necessary for the program teams to implement perfect performance. In addition, she was responsible for the earned value management process for aeronautics. As Director, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter International Business Development from 2008 to 2009, she managed the capture efforts for the eight international partner countries and for on-going and future Foreign Military Sales (FMS) for the F-35. She served for five years as Director, F-16 Greece, Poland, and Italy Programs, with responsibility for managing all contractual obligations associated with these programs, including design, development, build, and delivery of aircraft. Earlier roles included Director, Business Development Operations and Team Lead for F-16 Airframe Integration. She also has been a member of the materials and processes engineering team. Kiehl holds a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University (MTU) and an MBA in engineering management from the University of Dallas. She remains active with MTU, serving as the first aerospace industry member on the MTU College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board and as a member of the MTU Presidential Council of Alumnae. In addition, she is a board member for a small engineering firm, Brechting Bridge and Engineering.