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Ms. Kimberly (Kim) C. Sawyer

Former Deputy Laboratories Director and Executive Vice President for Mission Support, Sandia National Laboratories


BS – Business Administration, Robert Morris University
MS – Mathematics and Computing, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Business/Research Background

Ms. Sawyer is the former deputy laboratories director and executive vice president for mission support at Sandia National Laboratories. She was responsible for ensuring that all mission support programs were integrated and that they enable mission delivery. Sandia’s mission support programs include business operations, information technology (IT) services, human resources, legal, corporate governance, communications, ES&H, security, facilities, audit, and ethics. Ms. Sawyer also served as chair of the Sandia Board of Directors’ Investment Committee and the National Laboratory Chief Operations Officers Working Group, and is a member of the NNSA Operations Council, and the DOE Laboratory Operations Board.

She was previously Vice President for Technical Operations at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors, leading an engineering and technology workforce of 6,700 that was responsible for over 300 complex programs for advanced platforms and weapons, C4ISR, global sustainment, and sensors and growth areas such as international, laser applications, and rail and port security.

Particular Knowledge and Skills

Ms. Sawyer has extensive IT experience in roles such as CIO, project management, systems analysis, and software engineering. She has been instrumental in initiating organizational and cultural change, developing relationships with customers, advocating innovation, and cost cutting. She has industry experience with DuPont, TRW, Xerox, Coca-Cola Enterprises, and BAE Systems (formerly Lockheed Martin Sanders).

She serves as a board member for Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc., the Economic Forum of Albuquerque, and the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation. She is Chair for United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM), where she served as the 2012 Campaign Chair, raising over $28M.  Ms. Sawyer received the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s 2013 Alumni Award for the School of Sciences and the 2013 New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award. She is also a member of Women in Defense.