Ball Aerospace Hires Facktor Lepore to Lead Washington Operations

Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:22am EST

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BOULDER, Colo.,  Jan. 23, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp. today announced the appointment of  Debra Facktor Lepore  to the newly
created position of vice president and general manager of Washington Operations.
 Effective  Jan. 15, Lepore will lead Ball's  Washington  operations, corporate
communications and strategic planning, reporting to President and CEO,  David L.



"Ball Aerospace continues to increase its position in the market and its
presence in the  Washington, DC  area," said Taylor.  "The hiring of  Debra
Facktor Lepore  is a key part of that strategy."  

In her role, Lepore will be responsible for increasing Ball Aerospace's profile
in the industry and market as well as facilitating collaboration across the
company. She will also be the company's senior executive in the  Washington, DC 

"Debra's entrepreneurial, business and technical skills create an excellent
match for Ball as we build upon recent growth in several markets including
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, operational weather and tactical
defense," added Ball Aerospace Chief Operating Officer,  Rob Strain.

Lepore, president of the aerospace consulting firm, DFL Space LLC, brings 25
years of industry experience to the position, nearly all of which involved
start-up projects or companies.  An industry professor at  Stevens Institute of
Technology  in  Hoboken, N.J., she led the Master's of Engineering in Technical
Leadership program, and served as Director of Strategic Programs for the Systems
Engineering Research Center.  Lepore is the previous president of AirLaunch LLC.
 Earlier in her career she served as vice president of Business Development and
Strategic Planning for Kistler Aerospace Corporation and as Chief of Moscow
Operations for ANSER's Center for International Aerospace Cooperation.

Lepore is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics and an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics.
She also is a leader in numerous industry organizations, including Women in
Aerospace and the FAA's Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee.     

Lepore earned bachelor's and master's degrees in aerospace engineering from the 
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.  A complete biography of Lepore can be
viewed at:

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agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government
and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft,
advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF
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beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other
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and its subsidiaries employ more than approximately 15,000 people worldwide and
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