Pittman will become Chemring’s director of group comms and investor relations from 15 September. He will also become a member of the company’s exec committee and will report directly to chief executive David Price.
He joined City agency Cardew in 2001 from a venture capitalist firm. During his time at the agency he has handled comms around SAIC’s bid for, and subsequent collapse of, MG Rover, Allied Domecq’s £9.3bn acquisition by Pernod Ricard, and Scottish Power’s £11.6bn sale to Iberdrola.
Chemring uses Cardew as its retained financial comms agency and Pittman has advised the firm since 2001.
Pittman told PRWeek: 'The move in house presents a great opportunity for me to return to the defence world, and to join a rapidly growing business with global markets and ambitions to get into the FTSE 100. Having advised Chemring for the past ten years it is also great to be joining an extremely driven team of people who I know very well.'
Chemring manufactures products for the global defence, security and safety industries and is a constituent of the FTSE 250.
Before his career in the City, Pittman was an officer in the British Army, where he served in the cavalry.