Former Fleet Air Arm Commander to lead Lockheed Martin Australia

Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro CSC, RAN, addresses personnel from the Fleet Air Arm on the introduction of the MH60R Seahawk helicopter and the positive impact it will have on RAN's war-fighting capability.
Vince Di Pietro served as Commander Fleet Air Arm between January 2013 and January 2016. (Defence)

Former Fleet Air Arm Commander Vince Di Pietro will succeed Raydon Gates as vice president and chief executive of Lockheed Martin Australia from January 2017.

Di Pietro served in the Royal Australian Navy for 39 years, first training as a pilot and then serving in a variety of increasingly senior roles rising to the rank of Commodore and culminating as Commander Fleet Air Arm between January 2013 and January 2016, where he oversaw the introduction of new naval aviation capabilities such as the Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky MH-60R Romeo naval combat helicopter and the Helicopter Aircrew Training System.

Previous roles include serving as Australia’s naval attache to the United States from June 2007 to June 2010 and as director general Navy capability plans and engagement from August 2010 to January 2013.

“The calibre of this appointment reinforces the importance of the Australian and New Zealand markets to Lockheed Martin, and I am delighted Vince will lead our organisation as we pursue opportunities to expand the innovative products and services we provide to our partners in Australia and New Zealand,” senior vice president for Lockheed International, John Rood, said in a statement.

Gates, meanwhile, will continue to lead Lockheed Martin in Australia and New Zealand until his retirement in January 2017.


  1. Fabian says

    Glad to see a naval pilot go to Lockheed Martin. They will finally understand what the navy really needs.

  2. Rick J says

    Fabian, are you really suggesting that Lockheed Martin (manufacturer of the highly successful MH-60R helicopter) doesn’t already have a fair idea what Navy needs?
    Anyway, this story is all about a hugely experienced and respected former Naval Aviator being chosen to replace a similarly experienced and respected former Naval Warfare Officer as company president and CEO. Welcome news. Congratulations to CDRE Di Pietro.

  3. Romeo Lima says

    Wow. August 3 story – LM snaps up former Navy chief. August 5 story – LM snaps up former Air Force chief. Anyone notice a pattern here? I said it before, I’ll say it again: Militiary Industrial Complex. Google it people.

  4. Peter Booth says

    Good to see senior Military people being utilised by companies such as LM. Congratulations Vince.