Michael Hawes, NASA’s associate administrator for program analysis and evaluation, is leaving the agency for the private sector July 5, when he will join Lockheed Martin Space Systems as director of human spaceflight for the company’s Washington operations.

Lockheed announced the hire in a June 29 internal memorandum, a copy of which was obtained by Space News. He succeeds Linda Karanian who is retiring, according to the Lockheed memo.

Hawes spent 33 years with NASA, during which time he served in many roles, including deputy associate administrator for the international space station.

Hawes will report to John Karas, vice president and general manager for Lockheed’s human spaceflight business.

Per federal law, Hawes will be barred from direct contact with NASA officials for one year.