BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. today announced the appointment of Debra Facktor Lepore to the newly created position of vice president and general manager of Washington Operations. Effective Jan. 15, Lepore will lead Ball's Washington operations, corporate communications and strategic planning, reporting to President and CEO, David L. Taylor. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130123/LA46899) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130108/LA39163LOGO) "Ball Aerospace continues to increase its position in the market and its presence in the Washington, DC area," said Taylor. "The hiring of Debra Facktor Lepore is a key part of that strategy." In her role, Lepore will be responsible for increasing Ball Aerospace's profile in the industry and market as well as facilitating collaboration across the company. She will also be the company's senior executive in the Washington, DC area. "Debra's entrepreneurial, business and technical skills create an excellent match for Ball as we build upon recent growth in several markets including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, operational weather and tactical defense," added Ball Aerospace Chief Operating Officer, Rob Strain. Lepore, president of the aerospace consulting firm, DFL Space LLC, brings 25 years of industry experience to the position, nearly all of which involved start-up projects or companies. An industry professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., she led the Master's of Engineering in Technical Leadership program, and served as Director of Strategic Programs for the Systems Engineering Research Center. Lepore is the previous president of AirLaunch LLC. Earlier in her career she served as vice president of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Kistler Aerospace Corporation and as Chief of Moscow Operations for ANSER's Center for International Aerospace Cooperation. Lepore is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics. She also is a leader in numerous industry organizations, including Women in Aerospace and the FAA's Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee.