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In this SWE Diverse episode, Rachel Morford, the incoming FY22 president of SWE, speaks with Stephanie Hill, who is the executive vice president of Rotary and Missions Systems (RMS) for Lockheed Martin Corporation. The RMS portfolio features more than 1,000 programs and employs more than 35,000 people from around the world. Learn more about her background, accomplishments, and community outreach efforts in the advancement of STEM education.


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Stephanie C. Hill

Executive Vice President of Rotary and Mission Systems, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Stephanie C. Hill is executive vice president of Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) for Lockheed Martin Corporation. RMS is a $16-billion enterprise employing 35,000 people across the globe, with approximately 10 percent in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, United Kingdom and other countries.

The RMS portfolio features more than 1,000 programs, including helicopters, integrated air and missile defense, littoral warfare, undersea warfare, radar, electronic warfare, cyber solutions, C4ISR, and training and logistics systems. RMS supports the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency, as well as intelligence, civil, commercial and international military customers.

Most recently, Ms. Hill served as senior vice president of Enterprise Business Transformation at Lockheed Martin where she was responsible for developing strategies and implementing integrated, cross-functional solutions that transformed operations through technology, culture, and processes to deliver business-based outcomes. She led the corporation’s Digital Transformation and Enterprise Information Technology teams, comprising more than 4,700 professionals worldwide.

Since joining Lockheed Martin in 1987 as a software engineer, Ms. Hill has held positions of increasing responsibility including: deputy executive vice president of RMS; senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development; vice president and general manager of Cyber, Ships and Advanced Technologies; vice president and general manager of the Information Systems and Global Solutions Civil business; vice president of Corporate Internal Audit; and vice president and general manager of the Mission Systems and Sensors business.

Ms. Hill is a member of the Board of Directors of S&P Global, a leading provider of independent ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to capital and commodity markets worldwide. She also serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Ms. Hill has been recognized for her career achievements and community outreach, especially in the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

She was recognized among The Network Journal’s 2020 Influential Women; Savoy Magazine’s 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America; Black Enterprise’s 2019 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America; and Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders. She was honored as the U.S. Black Engineer of the Year by Career Communications Group in 2014 and included on EBONY Magazine’s Power 100 list. In addition, the World Trade Center Institute presented her with an International Leadership Award, and AFCEA presented her with the Heroines in Technology Award. Deeply committed to the development of others, she mentors many students and Lockheed Martin professionals. She also is Co-executive Sponsor of Lockheed Martin’s African American Council for Excellence.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Ms. Hill graduated with high honors from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Economics; the university also recognized her with an honorary doctorate in 2017.

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