Frank J. Cappuccio
Executive Vice President & General Manager of Advanced Development Programs & Strategic Planning
Executive Vice President & General Manager of Advanced Development Programs and Strategic Planning, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, tasked with formulating the strategic direction of the aeronautics business area as well as managing the famed Kelly Johnson Skunk Works. Mr. Cappuccio has nearly forty years of diverse management and engineering experience associated with “Hi Tech” products, ranging from navigational computers, missiles, to tactical fighters. Augmenting his company operational experience is his corporate experience in strategic planning, as well as acquisitions and mergers.
Mr. Cappuccio began his professional career in 1968 with Sikorsky Aircraft, working on infrared suppression systems for helicopters. He then joined Hamilton Standard’s Arma Division spending 10 years working on avionics products i.e., aircraft digital computers and ICBM gyroscopic systems.
He joined the Lockheed Corporation (Skunk Works) as an original member of the F117 program with increasing professional responsibility, eventually serving as Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Research, Technology and Development in the California company.
In 1990, he joined Martin Marietta’s “Skunk Works”, serving as Program Director of Advanced Development and Technology Operations. He was responsible for classified, rapid-prototyping projects, which included smart sub-munitions, dual mode sensors, ground-based radar systems, and advanced missiles.
In 1993, he joined Rockwell International, where he served as Vice President of Advanced Programs, responsible for expanding the corporation’s aerospace markets in operations analysis, radar-signature suppression, as well as advanced weapon system design and development.
After the Lockheed Martin merger in 1995, Frank returned to LM as Vice President of Surveillance and Command Aircraft programs in Marietta, Georgia. He progressed to Vice President for Programs and Technology for Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics Sector, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. His corporate responsibilities included oversight of the sector’s wide-ranging aircraft and technology research and development efforts.
Frank was assigned as Vice President and Program Manager of the Joint Strike Fighter Program (JSF). His responsibilities were three-fold. First, the successful execution of the Concept Development Phase ($ 800M) i.e., to design and fly two demonstrator aircraft, one of which introduced a new propulsion system into the military service; second, the management of the related tri-company $360M Research JSF risk mitigation program; third, the capture of the follow-on Engineering, Manufacturing and Development Program (EMD) valued at $20B. Lockheed Martin won the JSF contract in November 2001. Key to this win was Frank’s leadership in integrating the technical and financial entities of BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman into a seamless F-35 program team.
Mr. Cappuccio holds an MBA from Adelphi University, a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from City College of New York. He was born October 6, 1946. He and his wife, Janet, have five children.