Haughton, Daniel J.
Enshrined PioneerEnshrined 1987 1911-1987
Daniel J. Haughton, retired chairman of the board of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, began his career with the aerospace firm in 1939 as a systems analyst. Twenty-eight years later, he was ejected to the board chairmanship.
Haughton was born on September 7, 1911, in Walker County, Alabama. In 1933 he graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. degree in Commerce and Business Administration.
Prior to joining Lockheed, Haughton worked for the Dwight P. Robinson Construction Company, American Potash & Chemical Corporation, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and Consolidated Aircraft Corporation.
Within two years after accepting a posit ion with Lockheed, he was made an assistant to the vice president of the Vega Aircraft Corporation, then a Lockheed subsidiary. He held that post until becoming works manager in 1943. Later that same year, Vega merged with the parent Lockheed company.
From 1949·51, Haughton served as president of two Lockheed subsidiaries, Airequipment Company and Aerol Company, Inc. In 1951, Haughton became assistant general manager of Lockheed’s Georgia Division in Marietta, Georgia. The following year hewas elected vice president and general manager.
Under Haughton’S leadership, the Georgia Division began the development of what was to become one of Lockheed Aircraft’s brightest stars, the rugged and versatile C-130 Hercules turboprop-powered troop and cargo transport.
He was elected executive vice president of the corporation in 1956 with authority over its three divisions and four subsidiaries, and a director in 1958.
I n September 1961, he was elected president of the corporation . At the time Lockheed was the 28th largest corporation in the United States with a half billion dollars in total assets and 70,000 employees worldwide.
Haughton was named “Management Man of the Year” in 1966 by the National Management Association for his “dedication to the concept of managerial teamwork in advancing company aims and for application of his highly ethical personal code to business affairs.”
He was elected Chairman of the Board on May 2, 1967.
Haughton was national chairman of the U.S. Treasury Department’s industrial payroll savings bond cam paign that same year.
The Lockheed board chairman received the Marketing Executive of the Year award in 1968 from Sales and Marketing Executives International for his direction of the successful marketing program for the Lockheed L·1011 TriStar airliner.
He received the National Aviation Club “Award of Achievement” in 1969.
Haughton devoted a great deal of his time to public service activities, locally and nationally. He served as chairman of the board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and also served as a member of the board of trustees of the National Security Industrial Association, the National Space Club Foundation, and the Boys Club Foundation of Southern California.
From 1969 to 1975, he was a member of the board of governors of the American National Red Cross.
He retired as Lockheed’s chairman in February, 1976.