Our Purpose

Count on our unmatched domestic ASIC and microelectronic capabilities to give you the advantage.

Our Story

ForwardEdge has a broad selection of options that can put you on the leading edge fast.

We are a commercially focused wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin. Our agile team of IC design engineers have the experience and expertise to deliver technology you can trust to help you lead and succeed.

Our best in class ASIC technology provides innovative microelectronic solutions ideal for commercial, defense and security customers. 

1. Turnkey solution from conception to production.

2. Decades of experience on the leading edge.

3. Innovation in high volume production.

4. Subject matter expertise across all disciplines.

5. Tech that is proven under the toughest conditions.

We combine the savvy and stability of a Fortune 100 company with the agility and innovation of a startup.

Lead
Lead
Innovate
Innovate
Drive
Drive
Grow
Grow

When there is so much at stake, you need a ForwardEdge

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Our Leadership

Experience and integrity
at the helm.

Brian Sutterfield

Brian Sutterfield

Chief Executive Officer

Brian is uniquely qualified to lead an advanced technology company like ForwardEdge. In addition to over 27 years of experience leading embedded avionics systems development, Brian is a United States Air Force Veteran who served during Operation Desert Storm. During his time at Lockheed Martin, Brian led several successful multi-billion dollar software and hardware development efforts to embed high performance electronic systems into their latest generation platforms, including leading the team that developed the core mission computer for the latest F-35 platform.

Derek Franklin

Derek Franklin

Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff, Derek applies his considerable expertise to mission and strategy execution, and alignment of all activities. Derek brings 12 years of Aerospace and Defense experience, most recently with Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. His responsibilities have included global Special Operations development efforts, Advanced Avionics hardware and software developments, special processing, and uncrewed ISR platforms and control stations. Derek’s specialties are program management, supply chain management, quality, contracting, and product execution and delivery.

Paul Voit

Paul Voit

Chief Technical Officer

Paul brings more than 30 years of semiconductor engineering and technology leadership experience. Prior to ForwardEdge, Paul was the director of ASIC Engineering at Micron Technology, Inc. In that role, he led ASIC and system engineering teams in the development of ASIC, SoC, IP, and system designs. Paul will be leading the company’s efforts in research, ASIC development and technology, and driving innovation and product development.

Francine Panza

Francine Panza

Chief Revenue Officer

Francine Panza is an experienced executive with a proven track record of driving global business growth for a number of industry leaders. She oversees all revenue-generating activities at ForwardEdge, including sales, pricing, marketing and customer support. Prior positions include the CRO for IPivot Corp, CRO for Vaporstream, VP WW Sales at DB Networks, VP Financial Sales at Fortinet, Global Financial Sales Director at Juniper Networks and Sales Director (OD) NY Markets at Cisco Systems. Francine has a BS degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Manhattan College.

Our Board of Directors

Seasoned hi-tech leadership expertise

Adam J. Broecker

Adam J. Broecker

Vice President and General Manager | Lockheed Martin Evolve
Lockheed Martin

Adam is an Aerospace & Defense strategy and investment executive with over 19 years of experience in various finance and strategy roles across Lockheed Martin Corporation. He currently leads Lockheed Martin Evolve, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Astrotech Space Operations. His previous roles include Vice President and Head of Enterprise Strategy for the Lockheed Martin Space Business Area and Director of Lockheed Martin Corporate Development. Adam has a Master of Business Administration from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a baccalaureate in Finance from Colorado State University. Adam is a 2013 graduate of the FBI Washington Field Office (WFO) Citizen’s Academy, and an active member of the Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association.

Brian Sutterfield

Brian Sutterfield

Chief Executive Officer
ForwardEdge ASIC

Brian is uniquely qualified to lead an advanced technology company like ForwardEdge. He has a formidable background in engineering complex system of systems at Lockheed Martin, including the design and development of the F-35 Integrated Core Processor (ICP), the most complex mission computer system ever fielded on a military fighter jet. Brian was lead system architect for the first three generations of the ICP and led the Lockheed Martin design team for the 4thgeneration system. In addition to over 27 years of experience leading embedded avionics systems development, Brian is a United States Air Force Veteran who served during Operation Desert Storm.

Dr. Brent M. Segal

Dr. Brent M. Segal, PhD

Director of Technology Collaboration
Lockheed Martin, CTO office

Dr. Brent Segal has been the Lockheed Martin Corporate Director, Collaboration since 2021, driving corporate collaborations between Lockheed Martin and commercial partners, and enhancing offerings and focusing research in cutting-edge domains for DoD. Dr. Segal previously served as Director, AI, Corporate Technology Scout, Advanced Research Programs and Chief Scientist at Lockheed Martin from 2008 to 2021, and has led Operations, R&D, Strategy, Venture Capital and M&A. Dr. Segal has a BA in Chemistry from Reed College, a PhD in Chemistry from Harvard, and MIT Sloan Certification in Sustainable Business Strategies.

Todd P. Hill

Todd P. Hill

Vice President, Program Assessment and Analysis
Lockheed Martin

Over his 25-year career at Lockheed Martin, Todd Hill has held multiple executive leadership positions in finance spanning a large breadth of customers and products. Most recently, he has served as Vice President, CFO of Air Mobility and Maritime Missions in Marietta, GA. His prior experience includes Director, F-35 Production Business Management, F-35 Estimating Director, Aero Independent Cost Evaluation (ICE) Director, Air Mobility Business Ventures Estimating Senior Manager, and various ICE roles for the Lockheed Martin Corporation. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Master of Science degree in Technical Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Dr. Mark T. Maybury

Dr. Mark T. Maybury

Vice President, Commercialization
Lockheed Martin

Dr. Mark Maybury leads efforts to commercialize dual-use products and services from research and development (R&D). His previous roles include Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force, Chief Technology and Chief Security Officer at MITRE and Director of the National Cybersecurity FFRDC. His past board service includes the Object Management Group, Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, Intelligence Science Board and Homeland Security S&T Advisory Committee. Dr. Maybury is a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He received his BA in mathematics from College of the Holy Cross, and MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Master of Philosophy in Computer Speech and Language Processing and Ph.D. in AI, both from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Our Culture

Leap forward from rock
solid ground.

We are looking for people to join us on our mission:

Enhance America’s domestic ASIC capabilities for commercial, defense, and security customers, by delivering relevant, innovative and affordable microelectronics solutions leading engineers can use to succeed.

We are seeking talented ASIC, verification, analog and validation engineers to join us at our ASIC design center of excellence located in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

We are focused on helping you grow you career while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Our wide-range benefit offering includes:

  • Day one coverage of Health (6 plans to select from), Dental and Vision
  • Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Flexible 9/80 work schedule – Every Other Friday Off!
  • 401K with company matching contribution; eligible on day one
  • Generous Paid Time Off including Year-End Shutdown
    (Dec 25 – Dec 31)
  • Parental Leave
  • Life Insurance (100% company paid)
  • Short and Long Term Disability (100% company paid)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Allowance
  • Adoption Assistance Program
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Employee Discounts and additional life enhancing benefits!

Join us as we shape the future of microelectronics in America.

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