Lockheed welcomes first comms director

The UK arm of Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest military aerospace group with global sales of over pounds 16 billion, has taken on its first director of communications.

The UK arm of Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest military

aerospace group with global sales of over pounds 16 billion, has taken

on its first director of communications.



Mark Douglas has joined the company from defence and commercial

electronics firm Raytheon, with a brief to co-ordinate UK PR activity.

He will report to chief executive Ian Stopps.



The appointment continues a process which began last year, when the

creation of Lockheed Martin UK brought all its subsidiaries in this

country under one umbrella. Re-positioning the UK operation will be one

of his main tasks, Douglas confirmed.



He said PR had been handled for the past nine years by a consultant ’two

days a week’ and a variety of agencies.



’Lockheed has been perceived as being difficult to get hold of. I’ve got

to bring it all together and provide some consistency,’ he added.



Among the external agencies currently employed by the company are

Campaign PR, Bloomfield Turner Associates and Politics

International.



Douglas has an in-house team of four based in Portsmouth - three

managing press, communications and community relations, plus a

department manager.



’It is fair to say I will be making recommendations into how we do

things and make sure we are doing the right thing by our customers,’ he

added.



Lockheed Martin’s products include the Stealth fighter and the F-16. It

also has a partnership with BAE Systems to build the joint strike

fighter, backed by the UK and US.



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