Lockheed Martin appointed a former Israel Air Force F-16I pilot as its Israel Managing Director for the technology sector, the US defense corporation announced on Wednesday.
Shelly Gotman "will lead Lockheed Martin’s growing presence in the Israeli technology sector. He will be responsible for securing new programs, engaging local academic institutions with technological research, and developing a long-term plan for investment in Israel, where Lockheed Martin has operated for over 40 years," the company said in a statement.
Gotman served in the Israeli Air Force for 27 years as an F-16I pilot and in a variety of senior command and leadership roles, retiring in 2009 as brigadier general The IAF is expected to receive 19 F-35 fighter jets produced by Lockheed Martin in 2016, and is expected to order 75 jets in the coming years. It is also due to receive a squadron of Super Herclues C130 J transport aircraft from the American defense company.