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
Douglas has an in-house team of four based in Portsmouth - three
managing press, communications and community relations, plus a
’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
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.