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BAE Systems Announces Senior Staff Appointments


ROCKVILLE, Maryland – BAE Systems has named Doug Belair as senior vice president for strategy and planning, and Herb Muktarian as vice president of communications, at BAE Systems, Inc., its U.S. subsidiary. The appointments will become effective
January 2, 2009.

In his new role, Doug will lead the strategic planning and integrated business planning process for BAE Systems. He will also coordinate business development across the enterprise and develop strategies and initiatives to promote growth, both organically and through acquisition, within the United States based business.

Doug most recently served as president of the BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services business. He first joined BAE Systems in 2002 and was named vice president of the Undersea Warfare Systems Integration Division in February 2003. Doug began his career in 1979 as a software engineer with General Electric Defense Systems and has since held several senior leader, director, manager and technical positions with companies such as Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics.

Doug will succeed Ralph Meoni, who will serve as the executive vice president of BAE Systems’ Electronics, Intelligence and Support operating group.

In his new role, Herb will serve as deputy to Lucy Fitch, the senior vice president of communications, and focus on the implementation of the communications functional strategy. He will work directly with the BAE Systems, Inc. communications team, overseeing day-to-day activities including: advertising, marketing, trade shows, media relations and both internal and executive communications.

Most recently Herb served as vice president of communications for the former BAE Systems Customer Solutions group. Previously, he led the communications function for BAE Systems Ground Systems in York, Pennsylvania. Herb first joined BAE Systems in 1995 as a public relations supervisor in Santa Clara, California. Herb holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Jose State University.

BAE Systems is the premier global defense and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 100,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems’ sales exceeded £15.7 billion (US $31.4 billion) in 2007.


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