A United States Marine Corps MBA
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“I did not learn about leadership in business school. I learned about leadership when I was 18 years-old and first introduced to the United States Marine Corps, where leadership is not taught by a favored professor in a three-credit hour course. It is taught by every officer and every NCO in every minute and every hour of every day, in every action, every word, every deed, and every circumstance. And, in that experience, you are immersed in a culture of excellence that is built on a foundation of virtue and value.”
Robert J. Stevens, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin, and United States Marine Corps Veteran
Robert J. Stevens Mini Biography
In 1969, Robert Stevens, at age 18, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after graduation from McKeesport High School in western Pennsylvania. He reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and graduated as the Outstanding Marine of Platoon 3073. He also was the recipient of the Outstanding Recruit Award for the 3d Battalion given by Leatherneck Magazine. Based upon Mr. Steven’s performance in boot camp, he was meritoriously promoted to lance corporal.
Upon completion of training as a forward observer at Camp Lejeune, Bob was assigned to the 2d Field Artillery Group, FMF Atlantic and subsequently transferred to Westpac where he joined 3d Battalion, 12th Marines in Okinawa. While with 3/12, Bob was assigned to an infantry company in 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, and as part of the Special Landing Force, traveled to Vietnam and the Philippines. In 1972, he finished his three years of active duty with the III Marine Amphibious Force, FMF Pacific and was honorably discharged in 1975 with the rank of corporal.
Following active duty, Bob enrolled in Slippery Rock University and graduated summa cum laude in 1976. Bob subsequently received graduate degrees in engineering, management, and business while pursuing a very distinguished career in the aerospace defense industry culminating in his current position as chairman, president and CEO of the Lockheed Martin Corporation[i]
Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Award
Robert J. Stevens’ remarks at the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Awards Dinner receiving The General John A. LeJeune Recognition for Exemplary Leadership on April 28, 2010
Developing Leaders: Perspectives from Lockheed Martin
Bob Stevens, Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin, talks about the strategy for developing leaders. Stevens was a keynote speaker at the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC) launch on October 1, 2010
Source and Footnote –
[i] Once A Marine…Always A Marine! Robert J. Stevens, Chairman, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation – On Point (A Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Publication) – Spring 2007 – http://www.kintera.org/atf/cf/%7B94FA8283-6CBB-4B4B-AB01-1D3682F7A924%7D/2007%20On%20Point%20Spring.pdf – Accessed 9 May 2012
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