Lockheed Martin has appointed Dean Acosta as senior vice president, Communications, effective May 20, 2019.
"Dean is an impressive leader who has proven himself in both public service and in the private sector," said Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Marillyn Hewson. "His expertise and experience will help us communicate how our company works every day to protect lives, enhance security, and advance the frontiers of science and human understanding. We welcome Dean to the Lockheed Martin team."
Dean Acosta has almost three decades of experience in communications and journalism, with much of it spent leading corporate communications teams, in the technology, energy and aerospace and defense industries. Most recently, he served as vice president and chief communications officer for Resideo, a smart home technology company, where he led employee and executive communications, media relations, social media and public affairs. In support of Resideo's recent spinoff from Honeywell, Acosta was responsible for the naming and branding of the company and the Day 1 launch campaign.
Prior to that, Acosta was vice president of Global Communications for Honeywell's Home and Building Technologies business, and before that, for Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions business. He served as Phillips 66's global head of Corporate Communications, and as director of Communications for Lockheed Martin's Corporate Engineering and Technology organization. Acosta also served as director of communications for Boeing's Space Exploration business and as press secretary for NASA in the aftermath of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and through the shuttle program's return to flight. He began his career as a broadcast journalist, winning an Emmy award for his reporting.
Acosta earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his master's degree in strategic communication and leadership from Seton Hall University.