Jerry Szulinski

Director

Jerry is the General Manager for Lockheed Martin – New Zealand providing transformational logistics, sustainment and engineering services for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), Police, Fire Service and other customers in New Zealand. He is responsible for managing a workforce of over 280 people delivering a broad range of services including Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO), Equipment Pool Management, training, and design and development of custom engineering solutions across five locations.

Lockheed Martin is one of NZDF’s strategic partners, and Jerry co-chairs the Operational Management Board overseeing programme direction and execution. Jerry is also a current member of the NZ Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) board of directors.

Jerry has over 25 years of broad experience in various disciplines including engineering, leadership, and management of training, C2ISR, satellite ground systems, and logistics programmes. He has worked with a broad spectrum of international customers including all branches of the US Department of Defence, Defence Threat Reduction Agency, as well as the Air Forces of Poland and Italy, and now various New Zealand customers.

His previous experience includes design and development of virtual flight and combat vehicle simulators, and technology insertion for live Air Combat Manoeuvre Ranges. He also has in-depth background in medium and large scale C2ISR systems-of-systems, and live-virtual-constructive military exercises and war gaming. Jerry’s experience includes in-country management of Lockheed Martin’s first implementation of the Logistics Support System (LSS) for the F-16 aircraft, developing and deploying the LSS for MRO of Polish Air Force’s fleet of 48 F-16 aircraft.

Jerry joined Lockheed Martin in 1989 while completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. He currently works and lives in Wellington with his wife, and two sons. In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, cycling, motorcycling, photography, and travel.