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Ball Aerospace Hires Facktor Lepore to Lead Washington Operations
January 22, 2013
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. today announced the appointment of Debra Facktor Lepore to the newly created position of vice president and general manager of Washington Operations. Effective January 15, Lepore will lead Ball’s Washington operations, corporate communications and strategic planning, reporting to President and CEO, David L. Taylor.
“Ball Aerospace continues to increase its position in the market and its presence in the Washington, DC area,” said Taylor. “The hiring of Debra Facktor Lepore is a key part of that strategy.”
In her new role, Lepore will be responsible for increasing Ball Aerospace’s profile in the industry and market as well as facilitating collaboration across the company. She will also be the company’s senior executive in the Washington, DC area.
“Debra’s entrepreneurial, business and technical skills create an excellent match for Ball as we build upon recent growth in several markets including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, operational weather and tactical defense,” added Ball Aerospace Chief Operating Officer, Rob Strain.
Lepore, president of the aerospace consulting firm, DFL Space LLC, brings 25 years of industry experience to the position, nearly all of which involved start-up projects or companies. An industry professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., she led the Master’s of Engineering in Technical Leadership program, and served as Director of Strategic Programs for the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC).
Lepore is the previous president of AirLaunch LLC. Earlier in her career she served as vice president of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Kistler Aerospace Corporation and as Chief of Moscow Operations for ANSER’s Center for International Aerospace Cooperation.
Lepore is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). She also is a leader in numerous industry organizations, including Women in Aerospace (WIA) and the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). Read a more detailed biography here.
Debra Facktor Lepore earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. For more information visit www.ballaerospace.com.
Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2011 sales of more than $8.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit http://www.ball.com.
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