Director, Business Development for Commercial Space
Vernon Smith is the Director of Business Development in Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Company where he is responsible for developing strategy, sales, marketing, and finding new sources of revenue.
Mr. Smith has over 25 years of experience in investing and growing satellite and media businesses.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he led the development activities for EchoStar Satellite Services, where he was responsible for managing and growing the internet protocol TV service, VIPTV, the Deluxe/EchoStar LLC digital cinema business, and investments in Hughes Network Systems, Solaris Mobile Limited and Dish do Brasil.
Previously, he founded and was President/COO of Tangerine Global, LLC, a premium TV services provider to luxury hotels worldwide serving key customers such as Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and The Peninsula Hotels.
He also led the corporate development activities at SES Astra in Luxembourg, where he was responsible for developing the global expansion strategy and transforming SES from European to global leader.
He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.