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Former MoD Procurement Chief to Head Northrop's European Ops

May. 3, 2013 - 08:17AM   |  
By ANDREW CHUTER   |   Comments
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LONDON — Northrop Grumman has appointed former British Ministry of Defence procurement boss Andrew Tyler as chief executive of the company's UK and European operations.

Tyler moves to Northrop Grumman from energy company Siemens’ Marine Current Turbines unit, but he is best known here as the chief operating officer of MoD's Defence Equipment & Support organisation.

Tyler left DE&S in 2011. Despite DE&S's poor procurement record, he was well regarded inside and outside the MoD during his five-year stint as the organisation's second in command. He departed DE&S soon after failing to secure the role of chief of defence materiel — a post that went to the present incumbent Bernard Gray.

It's the first time Northrop Grumman has had a chief executive to oversee its UK and European operations, and signals a renewed effort by the US defense company to boost its presence here.

Sir Nigel Essenhigh was previously the senior executive here as non-executive chairman of the UK operation, but he was not replaced following his departure in 2011.

A spokesman for Northrop Grumman said Tyler's initial focus would be on the UK operation. He said there were no immediate restructuring implications arising from the appointment.

Northrop is the second major US contractor in a month to revise the structure atop its UK operations.

In April, General Dynamics restructured its business in the UK in the wake of the retirement of president and managing director Sandy Wilson. Company executive Steve Rowbotham was appointed to the new post of chief operating officer, and an accompanying reorganisation has seen control of the business here swing toward General Dynamics operations in the US and Canada. Several executives have departed the company and a 10-percent cut of the 1,600-strong workforce is also underway.

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