Subscribe Free
in Defence / People

BAE Systems appoints new head of Middle East business

Posted 3 February 2013 · Add Comment

BAE Systems has announced the appointment of a new regional managing director for the Middle East and Africa.

Based in the company’s regional hub in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Ben Bridge has been named as the successor to Simon Keith and now has overall responsibility for BAE Systems’ activities throughout the Gulf region and Africa where the company said he will play an important role in developing BAE Systems’ strategic vision for the region and continue to strengthen relationships with BAE Systems’ customers and partners in the region, especially in the UAE and Oman.

Bridge was previously vice president Middle East and before that was the international business development director at Detica, BAE Systems’ security business. Prior to that he was regional vice president for BAE Systems in Africa.

A fluent Arabic speaker, Bridge qualified as a pilot and as an Arabic linguist in the Royal Navy and moved on to serve the British embassies in Kuwait and Cairo as an assistant defence attaché.

Commenting on his new role, he said: “The Middle East and Africa is an exciting region, which offers lots of opportunities for us to develop strong and enduring partnerships, both as BAE Systems and working closely with the UK Government.  Working with colleagues from our land & armaments, military air and security businesses, who are also based out of our regional hub in Abu Dhabi, I believe we have a great team with the knowledge and drive to support our customers in the MENA region in achieving their future visions.”

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 takes place

Nearly 600 participants attended yesterday the Official Launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017.

Etihad Airways to increase Maldives frequency during peak summer months 2017

Etihad Airways has added four additional weekly flights on the Abu Dhabi – Malé route, increasing frequency to the idyllic Maldives to 11 services a week between 1 July and 17 September 2017.

Nextant Aerospace chairman to be honoured with Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award

Nextant Aerospace, builders of the 400XTi, has announced that its chairman, Kenneth C. “Kenn” Ricci, will receive the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award at the Living Legends of Aviation 14th Annual Awards, to be held in Beverly

Oman Air looks forward to sustained growth in 2017

Continued fleet and network expansion together with a renewed focus on on-board services and developments will be a priority for Oman Air in 2017, said the airline.

Iran Air outlines proposed A321 operations

Iran Air has outlined its proposed A321-200 operations following the arrival of its maiden aircraft from Airbus last week, reports ch-aviation.

Just one small step…

A group of UAE nationals are emerging as leaders in space, thanks to a programme developed by the UAE Space Agency, Mubadala, and Lockheed Martin. Marcelle Nethersole reports.

TAA SK 12MTHS16
See us at
MRO2017_BT1089217IDEX BT180123022017World_Space_Congress_BT21JN23N16_Arabian_AerospaceAviation Africa 2017 BT 23F17AIME2017 BT 2579217