Susan Costlow is the vice president of leadership and learning communities at Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI). MAPI is a nonprofit professional organization designed to help manufacturing leaders make smarter business decisions through its membership programs for manufacturing executives, professional development events, and manufacturing-focused business insights and research.
Prior to her work at MAPI, Costlow was director of corporate development for the Lockheed Martin Corporation, where she executed mergers and acquisitions and was responsible for leading the corporation’s venture capital activities. She created Lockheed Martin’s $100 million Emerging Technology Fund in 2007 and made key investments in early stage companies with technologies of strategic interest to Lockheed Martin and its operating units.
Earlier, Costlow served in corporate treasury, where she was director of corporate banking and prior to that, director of project and trade finance. She managed Lockheed Martin’s commercial lending group, rating agency relationships, leasing activity, and project finance activity, and was responsible for the corporation’s trade finance portfolio. She led several important initiatives during this period, including issuing $3 billion in corporate bonds in a key capital structure initiative, negotiating and syndicating a $2 billion credit facility to ensure liquidity, syndicating a $300 million synthetic lease for the corporation’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle launch pad and issuing a $2 billion letter of credit, the largest in the corporation’s history.
Before joining the treasury division, Costlow was a corporate auditor and served in a variety of increasingly responsible finance positions within Lockheed Martin’s electronics systems and the information services and global solutions businesses.
Ms. Costlow graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Procurement and Materials Management. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University and a Master’s certificate in international business from The George Washington University.