13 Sep 05. Defence & Security Systems (DS), the defence pillar within EADS, has appointed Robin Southwell (45) Chairman of DS UK. This appointment is in addition to his current role as CEO of EADS UK. Prior to becoming CEO of EADS UK, Robin Southwell (45) was CEO of AirTanker Ltd, a consortia of EADS, Cobham, Rolls Royce, Thales and VT Group, which in February became preferred bidder for the MoD’s FSTA (Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft) PFI programme. Robin previously also held the positions of Chief Executive Officer at WS Atkins and Group Managing Director of Customer Solutions and Support at BAE Systems.