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September 19, 2006
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IT Governance: Taking the IT Organization to the Next Level

Richard E Rokosz Sr. Manager
IT Strategy, Technology & Governance
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.

Increasing, senior management is realizing the significant impact that Information Technology (IT) can have on the success of the enterprise.  They are looking to IT Governance as a way to sustain and extend the enterprise’s strategies and objectives.  IT Governance is becoming an integral part of the overall enterprise.   Investors have also realized the importance of governance.  They are willing to pay a premium of more than 20 percent on shares of enterprises that have shown to have good governance practices in place (McKinsey’s Investors Opinion survey, June 2000). 

 Paraphrased from The Board Briefing on IT Governance 2nd. Edition, 2003

Rick has had an extensive career in the aerospace industry where he has held numerous leadership positions in support of Engineering and the Information Technology disciplines. His current assignment has him serving as the Senior Manager of IT Strategy, Technology and Governance for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. in Denver, Colorado.

He is an Affiliate Professor of Business Management at Regis where he instructs undergraduate and graduate level courses in management and business operations. Rick has also served on the Regis University Alumni Board; he moderated the University’s Academic Council and is a Regent of the University.  (The Regents are a group whose focus is to map the future learning environment and communicate that to the university).

Rick is a decorated Viet Nam Veteran.  His military awards include the Bronze Star, the U. S. Army Commendation Medal and the Viet Nam Presidential Unit Citation. His education includes a B.S. in Business Administration from Regis College and a Masters of Science in Management Regis University.


Lockheed Martin won a multibillion-dollar contract from NASA on Thursday to build the nation's next spaceship for human flight, a craft called Orion that is to replace the space shuttle and eventually carry astronauts to the moon and beyond.
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