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BAE to Conduct Product Safety Review

LONDON, United Kingdom –-- After careful consideration of Charles Haddon-Cave QC’s Nimrod Review, BAE Systems has appointed Dr. Chris Elliott FREng, a leading systems engineer and barrister, to support and advise Nigel Whitehead FREng, Group Managing Director Programmes & Support who will undertake a review of the Company’s approach to product safety across all its sectors in the UK.

Nigel Whitehead will lead the review which will examine current policies, processes, governance, actions and behaviours associated with product safety and will be conducted by a senior team of six people, with relevant qualifications and experience. The team will work to help develop and enhance the Company’s approach to product safety and, where appropriate, understand how other industries have addressed comparable matters.

Ian King, CEO BAE Systems said, "Our focus on safety remains a top priority. The tragic loss of Nimrod XV230 and the subsequent Nimrod Review have only strengthened our resolve to seek continuously, improvements to safety across all aspects of our business. The review outlined today further demonstrates the importance we place on safety and we will work with our customer, the UK Ministry of Defence to ensure that any learning benefits our current and future workload."


BAE Systems is the premier global defence, security and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £18.5 billion (US $34.4 billion) in 2008.

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BAE Systems Appoints Dr Chris Elliott to Support Safety Review