Government role for Baynes at Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin - the world’s largest aerospace and defence company - has appointed Joe Baynes as its first director of government affairs.

Lockheed Martin - the world’s largest aerospace and defence company

- has appointed Joe Baynes as its first director of government

affairs.



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

staff.



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.



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