Mayhew leaves Centrica for missile group

Matra BAe Dynamics (MBD), the world’s second largest missiles group, has appointed its first dedicated political adviser in the UK.

Matra BAe Dynamics (MBD), the world’s second largest missiles

group, has appointed its first dedicated political adviser in the

UK.



The Anglo/French operation has hired George Mayhew, currently public

affairs manager at gas supply to credit card company Centrica, to be its

government affairs director. Mayhew will be based at the company’s UK

headquarters.



MBD, set up three years ago by British Aerospace and Aerospatiale Matra

of France, has a communications director, Marc Vellay, based in Paris,

who oversees a team of 23 on both sides of the channel.



Before Mayhew’s arrival, government affairs was included in deputy

communications director Howard Borrington’s brief. Borrington,who left

last year to join the government affairs department at BAe, was also

responsible for wider communications.



It was announced last month that MBD is being expanded through a deal

which would add the missiles businesses of Finmeccanica of Italy,

Marconi Electronics Systems and Aerospatiale. The deal will boost MBD’s

sales to pounds 1.5 billion, the second largest missiles group in the

world after Raytheon of the US. There are plans to expand MBD further,

with Dasa and Saab both candidates to join the group. MBD’s relationship

with the UK government is particularly crucial at the moment as it is

bidding against Raytheon for a pounds 1 billion RAF contract, to develop

a beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile for the Eurofighter.



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