Michael J. Sarpu (1984) is a retired Lockheed Martin Operations Executive with over 35 years of professional experience. Sarpu graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and from the University of Central Florida with a master’s degree in Business Administration.
Sarpu’s career started with 15 years of engineering assignments, building his technical acumen and problem-solving skills. His career progressed to leading operations organizations with groups approaching 16,000 people responsible for all aspects of product fabrication, acquisition and delivery.
Over his career, Sarpu developed methods to uncover performance issues, implement lasting solutions and create large-scale integrated supply chains. In 2015, he led the integration of Sikorsky Aircraft’s Operations elements into the corporation. In 2018, he was called upon to lead the F-35 program to achieve sustained full-rate production which occurred in 2019. He ended his career as Vice President of Corporate Operations developing practices to integrate the corporation into a common
model-based execution environment.
Sarpu was a part of many critical business initiatives including a founding member of the Corporate Sustainability Council and led the corporation’s Operations Leadership Development Program for over ten years.
Sarpu’s lifetime passion is automobiles and throughout his career he has spent nights and weekends fabricating automotive projects from simple modifications to ground up builds in his fully outfitted home workshop. He is also an avid traveler and cyclist. He and his wife reside in Florida and frequently visit their daughter in Colorado.