Mr. Darrenkamp serves as an executive staff member with primary responsibility for advising on all legal matters impacting the company’s execution of existing business, and identifying and obtaining new business. Mr. Darrenkamp is responsible for advising on contracting activities, intellectual property management, risk management, employment and labor matters, regulatory affairs, litigation management, international trade compliance, and subsidiary governance.
Before assuming his current position, Mr. Darrenkamp spent nearly three years on the Corporate Legal Staff in the Washington D.C. area serving as Vice President & General Counsel for the Washington Operations group – who are responsible for the corporation’s engagement of the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch officials – and also as the inaugural Vice President & General Counsel for Lockheed Martin International where he designed and launched the legal organization supporting the corporation’s focus on business growth outside of the United States.
Mr. Darrenkamp joined Lockheed Martin in 2000 as Associate General Counsel to the simulation business in Orlando, Florida. Prior to assuming his role on the Corporate Legal Staff, Mr. Darrenkamp spent twelve years working in positions of increasing responsibility as general counsel to various operating units ranging in size from $500M – $3B. In addition to his leadership and management responsibilities, Mr. Darrenkamp also served as counsel on several international transactions; including the award-winning Singapore Basic Wings Course (Asia Pacific Awards 2007 PPP Deal of the Year) and United Kingdom Military Flying Training System (2009 Public Private Finance Awards – Best Defence Project & Grand Prix Award).
Mr. Darrenkamp is a military veteran, having started his legal career with the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate serving in Seoul, Republic of Korea and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Following his active duty service, Mr. Darrenkamp joined a private law firm in Colorado Springs as a commercial litigation associate, and later as an attorney-advisor with U.S. Army Space Command. Mr. Darrenkamp continued his military service in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring in 2013 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. With the full support of Lockheed Martin, Mr. Darrenkamp deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007-2008.
Mr. Darrenkamp received a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems, with a minor in Computer and Information Science, from Oakland University and his Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. In addition, Mr. Darrenkamp has an M.B.A. degree from the University of Detroit. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Darrenkamp worked as a Systems Analyst for Chrysler Corporation and Volkswagen of America.
Mr. Darrenkamp and his wife of over 30 years, Terri (Maxwell) of Oxford, Michigan, have two adult daughters, Julia and Cynthia.