Babcock appoints Paul Armstrong to lead its marine sector

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Babcock International Group (Babcock), the defence company, has appointed Paul Armstrong to lead its Marine sector, delivering a number of critical UK and international defence programmes, including the UK’s Type 31 frigates for the Royal Navy.

With a career that started in shipbuilding in Barrow-in-Furness, Paul brings a wealth of wide-ranging industry experience to grow and develop one of Babcock’s core business sectors. Joining Babcock from Draken International, the aviation defence business where he was CEO responsible for operations in the UK, US and overseas territories, Paul holds an MA in Corporate Governance and Commercial Law and Chartered Status with the ICSA.

Welcoming Paul to his new role, Babcock International CEO, David Lockwood, said: “Now more than ever, what we do at Babcock matters, and I am delighted that Paul will lead our Marine business into its next era. Paul’s experience and first-class track record of successfully delivering programmes and transformation in the aerospace and defence industries, along with a deep understanding of the markets we support, comes at a time when defence and security has never been more important to our customers and the communities we jointly serve.”

Babcock Marine CEO, Paul Armstrong, said: “It is a really important time to be joining Babcock and leading our Marine team. There are many global challenges and the programmes we are delivering are both nationally and internationally critical to creating a safe and secure environment for many communities across the globe.

“From designing and building the Type 31 frigates in the UK, and missile assemblies for the UK and US future submarine programmes, to supporting the UK’s Royal Navy Type 23 and amphibious fleets, international platforms, and commercial marine vessels, the work our teams do is hugely impressive and I’m very much looking forward to strengthening and growing this business together.”