07 Mar 04. GKN chairman Sir David Lees has ruled himself out of the running for the chair of BAE Systems. He says he had been approached to replace Sir
Richard Evans but declined. He decided other directorships meant he was unable to take the BAE job. ‘It had nothing to do with BAE itself,’ he said. (The Observer)
01 Mar 04. Lockheed Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Vance Coffman announced today that he will retire after 37 years with the company, including seven years as CEO. Lockheed Martin’s Board of Directors has named President and Chief Operating Officer Robert J. Stevens as Coffman’s successor. Effective August 6, 2004, Stevens, 52, will assume his new duties as CEO, retaining his position as President. Coffman, 59, plans to continue to serve as the board’s non-employee Chairman until April 2005.
25 Feb 04. In an interview (published on 25 Feb 04), the U.K. Deputy Chief of Defence Logistics said that “over the next five years up to 2,950 posts could be affected” by restructuring. It was recognised that “too many of our staff, compared to Industry standards, are involved in support functions”. Comment: On 26 Jan 04, the DLO announced “that it would restructure its business in order to increase operational efficiency and give best value for money for Defence”. As at 1 Apr 03, the number of staff at the DLO was reported to be 27,300 (6,900 Service and 20,400 civilian). (DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 04/10, 1 Mar 04)
05 Mar 04. The Board of EADS has appointed Johann Heitzmann (50) as the new head of the EADS Military Aircraft Business Unit. Heitzmann succeeds Aloysius Rauen (47), who transfers to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Eurofighter GmbH, located at Hallbergmoos near Munich. Heitzmann, who is to take up his new task in Ottobrunn on 1 May, currently heads the EADS Defence Electronics Business Unit located in Ulm. His successor will be Bernhard Gerwert (50), who at the moment is in charge of the Air and Naval Defence arm in Ulm.
08 Mar 04. The First Sea Lord has approved the formation of a new post: Chief-of-Staff Maritime Homeland Defence. Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland (FOSNNI), Rear Admiral N H L Harris MBE, is to assume the additional duties. The Admiral is required to ensure that the UK is “alert to the dangers of terrorist threats by sea and could counter them”. Comment: FOSNNI already has the additional duties of Naval Base Commander Clyde (NBC CLYDE) and seems destined to have the longest abbreviated appointment description in the Services: FOSNNI/NBC CLYDE/CoSMHD. (DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 04/11, 8 Mar 04)
11 Mar 04. AAI Corporation announced the appointment of Major General U.S. Army John F. Michitsch (Ret.) as executive vice president.Gen. Michitsch will report to Frederick M. Strader, AAI president and chief executive officer. Gen. Michitsch has been vice president for Ground, Air and Unattended Systems in the Electronic Systems Sector of Northrop Grumman Corporation.