Dennys S. Plessas
Vice President Business Development Initiatives, Europe, Middle East, & Africa, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics/International
Dennys Plessas has assumed responsibilities for Lockheed Martin's Aeronautics Co. as Business Development Initiatives Vice President for Europe, Middle East, India & Africa since 1999. Dennys Plessas (57) has 32 years of direct involvement in the aerospace industry. His career includes active leading participation in the establishment of aircraft maintenance and modification facilities, the establishment of joint ventures and strategic alliances for major international programs, as well as direct business development management. He developed/ coordinated corporate-wide business assessment, strategic planning and marketing strategy for numerous strategic new business initiatives that resulted in joint venture and alliance formation. He led three successful F-16 sales campaigns in Greece and Italy, as well the C-27J campaign for Greece and supported the introduction of the JSF (F-35) program in Europe.
Dennys Plessas joined Lockheed Aircraft Service Company (LAS) in August 1983, with international business development responsibilities for the Middle East. In December 1988 he was promoted to Director of International Programs for Europe, the Middle East & Africa. Since 1991 he became Vice President of International Projects reporting to both, Lockheed Corporation International SA (LCISA) and Lockheed Aircraft Service Company (LAS). In 1995 he assumed responsibilities as Vice President of International Business Development in Europe, Middle East, Africa for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics International and in 1997 become Regional Vice President of Operations for Europe, Middle East & Africa.
Prior to joining Lockheed, Dennys Plessas worked for seven years [1976-1983] with Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI), an aviation organization that Lockheed Aircraft Service Company designed built and operated in Greece (1976-83). At HAI Dennys Plessas has organized its Training, Planning and Business Development Departments. He has negotiated several major contracts with USAFE, NAMSA and other NATO organizations, as well as with Airbus, Aerospatiale, Alenia, the Egyptian AF, the UAE AF etc.
Dennys Plessas earned a B.Sc. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Cairo University, (1973), and a B.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Athens Polytechnion (1973). During his post-graduate studies in the U.K., he earned an M.Sc. Degree in Aircraft Design (1974), an M.Sc. Degree in Air Transport Engineering (1975) at Cranfield Institute of Technology and in 1976 an M.Sc./D.I.C. Degree in Management Science from Imperial College of Science & Technology - London University. During the summer of 1991, Dennys attended the USC Executive Management Program. He is a member of the Greek Technical Chamber, the Society of Licensed Aeronautical Engineers of Greece, and a member of the Greek Management Association.
Dennys and his wife Georgia, have two children, Sophia (27) and Spyros (24) attending higher University education. In addition to Greek, which is Dennys' native language, he speaks fluent English, Arabic and French (fair).