Lockheed Martin - the world’s largest aerospace and defence company
- has appointed Joe Baynes as its first director of government
Baynes reports to chief executive Ian Stopps and works with director of
communications Mark Douglas. Baynes has been at Lockheed Martin - with
140,000 staff worldwide and sales last year of more than pounds 17
billion - since 1997. Until now he has been on its aeronautics company
Before joining the company, Baynes spent a year as a consultant at
defence lobbyists TA Group. He began his career at Market Access, before
its sale to Omnicom. While there, he worked on Lockheed Martin’s
campaign to sell 25 C-130J Hercules aircraft to the Government.
His appointment, just months after that of Douglas, signals a continuing
review of external affairs instigated by Stopps last year. Lockheed’s
use of agencies - including Politics International for strategy and
Campaign for press office support - is already under review, with other
agencies being invited to present credentials.
Baynes’ job covers air traffic control management, space projects and
the joint venture with services company Serco to run the atomic weapons
establishment at Aldermaston.