Ball Aerospace Appoints Heaton, Campbell and Lystrup to New Washington, D.C. Leadership Roles

March 06, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has announced new leadership appointments within its Washington Operations office.





Vonna Weir Heaton has been selected for the newly created position of vice president and lead executive of Information and Intelligence Solutions.  Additionally, John D. Campbell has been promoted to vice president for legislative affairs, after serving as director for the past six years.  Campbell and Heaton will report to Vice President and General Manager of Strategic Operations, Debra Facktor Lepore. The Strategic Operations organization works to position the company with its markets, customers and competition to influence and drive the growth of Ball Aerospace.

"Vonna and John bring strong leadership and customer focus to Ball Aerospace," said Robert D. Strain, Ball Aerospace president. "They are well known in the community and will help drive our growth and increase Ball Aerospace's profile in the market."

Heaton most recently served as special assistant to the deputy director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.  In her role at Ball Aerospace, she will provide primary support to the Systems Engineering Solutions strategic business unit on strategy and customer engagement for information services-related programs and opportunities. Heaton earned her bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Washington University and a master of science degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University.

Campbell joined Ball Aerospace in 1998 and represents the interests of Ball Aerospace before Congress ensuring lawmakers are aware of the programs and policy issues important to the company.  He also supports Ball Corporation's congressional activities.  Campbell earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from State University of New York at Brockport and holds a master's degree in public policy from George Mason University.

In a third appointment, Ball Aerospace named Makenzie Lystrup business development manager for space sciences and technologies, reporting to Carol Lane, vice president and lead executive for civil and commercial space.  Lystrup most recently served as a congressional science policy fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Lystrup earned her Ph.D. in astrophysics from University College London, and a bachelor of science degree in physics from Portland State University. She currently serves on a science advisory committee for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and is the incoming chair of the American Astronomical Society's planetary science policy committee.

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