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Dennys Plessas
Vice President Global Business Development Initiatives, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics/International

Dennys Plessas is the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics International, Global Pursuits Initiatives Vice President for Greece, Italy, the Americas and Africa. Dennys Plessas 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 several joint ventures and alliances formation. He led several successful campaigns for F-16, C-130J and P-3 sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and actively supported the introduction of the JSF (F-35) program in Europe.

Dennys Plessas started his aeronautical career in 1976 with Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI), an aviation MRO organization that Lockheed Aircraft Service Company designed, built and operated in Greece. At HAI, Plessas organized the Training, Planning and Business Development departments. He negotiated several major contracts with USAFE, NAMSA and other NATO organizations, as well as with Airbus, Aerospatiale, Alenia, and most of the air forces in the region.

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 Initiatives for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics/International. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Hellenic Technical Chamber, the Aeronautical Academy of Greece, and the Royal Aeronautical society.

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. He also attended the University of Southern California (USC) Executive Management Program. He is a member of the Greek Technical Chamber, the Society of Licensed Aeronautical Engineers of Greece and the Greek Management Association, as well as an elected Member of The Hellenic Aeronautical Academy of Greece. Dennys and his wife Georgia, have two children, Sophia and Spyros. In addition to Greek (his native language), he speaks English, Arabic and French.