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BAE Systems names new MD for Middle East, Africa and Turkey

Posted 6 October 2015 · Add Comment

BAE Systems has named Martin Bennett as its new managing director, for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. He will based in Abu Dhabi.

Bennett’s engineering background with BAE Systems, includes 12 years spent in the Middle East, which the company said gives him an “innate understanding of innovation and how important it is for the region, especially with Middle East countries looking to diversify their economies.”
He returns to the Middle East where he previously had a nine-year stint as a director and then vice president for several key regional markets for BAE Systems. Before heading back to the UK in early 2011 he was based in Abu Dhabi and was responsible for the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Pakistan.
Bennett said: “I’m very pleased to be back in the Middle East at a time when the aerospace and engineering sectors are really beginning to flourish here. The UAE has emphasised the engineering career options open to Emirati youth, and some significant work has been done to evolve BAE Systems’ role in this, so maintaining momentum is a key aim for us. We were pleased recently to announce our internship programme with Mubadala and we now have five Emirati interns based at our military air business in North West England.”
He added: “Enhancing the opportunities BAE Systems gives to our customers in the Middle East is also an area we’re continually focusing on, so strengthening existing local partnerships as well as forging new ones is high on our agenda. I’m looking forward to increasing our presence in the region and evolving what our in-country teams can deliver to provide maximum support to customers and partners.”
Bennett’s career began as an avionics engineer with GEC Marconi which led on to roles at British Aerospace and MBB among others. Bennett has an MBA from Leicester University and is currently pursuing a DBA through the University of Liverpool.
 

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