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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History names interim president

Written by Mindia Whittier

New appointee is the second to fill the role in one year.

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Board of Directors has announced the appointment of its new interim president.

Orlando Carvalho will fill the roll as the Board searches for a permanent leader. He will oversee museum operations as well as projects on the horizon, including additional education programs, new exhibits, a new children’s playground and a plan to revitalize the Omni Theater.

The Museum, established in 1941, is anchored by a rich collection that engages guests through exhibits interpreting science and the history of Texas and the Southwest. It is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute.

Carvalho is the retired Executive Vice President (EVP) of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Business and a former officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. He retired in December 2018.  As a leader, Carvalho was recognized for his strong focus on employee culture, performance excellence, ethics and sustainability. In 2015, he was named the National Management Association’s Executive of the Year.

Carvalho presently serves as an Independent Director on the Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) Board of Directors and as an Independent Director on the NORDAM LLC Board of Managers. He has previously served on the Advisory Board for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and as Chair on the Advisory Board for the University Of Maryland Robert H. Smith School Of Business. Carvalho is also an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Prior to Carvalho’s appointment, Kippen de Alba Chu served as interim president since the Museum’s former president Van Romans retired in April 2021.


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