A Lockheed Martin spokesperson confirmed his retirement to Defence Connect, saying, "Vince Di Pietro, chief executive LM Australia & New Zealand, has announced his decision to retire from Lockheed Martin, effective immediately. His successor is expected to be named in the near future."
Di Pietro joined Lockheed Martin Australia in August 2016, and had been chief executive of the company since December of that year.
He's overseen the delivery of the first of Australia's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) fleet and, according to his company profile, has been "leading LMA to achieve its vision to be Australia’s partner of choice for defence, aerospace, sustainment and technology solutions".
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Di Pietro served in the Royal Australian Navy for 40 years, accumulating over 5,000 hours flying in helicopters and aeroplanes.
In 2013, Di Pietro was Commander Fleet Air Arm, which featured the delivery of the majority of 24 Seahawk Romeo helicopters, as well as the operational transition and acceptance for shipborne operations of the Maritime Support helicopter.
More to come.