MARIETTA - The National Management Association recently honored Lockheed Martin's Lee E. Rhyant as the 2009 Executive of the Year.
The Executive of the Year Award is the highest honor the NMA bestows upon an individual and has been given since 1935. The award recognizes a senior executive who has gained significant recognition for managerial and leadership accomplishments, conducted both personal and business affairs in accordance with NMA's Code of Ethics, and made outstanding contributions toward preserving and advancing the free enterprise system.
"It is an honor to recognize Lee Rhyant in this manner. He is an outstanding leader who has been on the leading edge in building leadership teams and implementing innovative improvements resulting in customer focus and strengthening financial results," said Steve Bailey, NMA president. "He is a magnificent choice because he understands that leadership is about impacting people, not just processes. How wonderful it would be if every company had a Lee Rhyant at the helm."
Lockheed Martin employees nominated Rhyant for his commitment to the company, the community and the NMA. He is known in the company for his integrity and willingness to address issues openly and honestly.
"Lockheed Martin and NMA share a common vision of growing the next generation of leadership, which is a personal passion of mine," Rhyant said. "I am deeply humbled and honored to receive the 2009 Executive of the Year award. I can think of no greater honor than to be nominated by employees for reflecting true values of leadership."