ONE of Portsmouth’s largest employers has a new man at the helm.
BAE Systems Maritime is responsible for building all the Royal Navy’s new ships, maintaining them, and installing key systems within them.
Andrew Davies, former managing director, has left the firm to take on a chief executive role at construction company Wates, in Surrey.
He will be replaced by John Hudson, formerly the managing director of BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, where the company makes and refits its submarines.
Mr Hudson said: ‘It has been a great privilege to serve as the managing director of the Barrow shipyard, a business that continues to deliver vital submarine capability to the Royal Navy.
‘Having overcome a number of challenges, the business now finds itself in a positive position with an exciting future.
‘Delivery of the Astute programme is gathering pace and, alongside, the programme to design a replacement for the Vanguard class is building momentum.
‘I now look forward to the next challenge in my career as managing director, BAE Systems Maritime, a role in which I will continue to have a close association with the submarines business.’
His early career was spent as a junior naval architect at the Clelands shipyard on Tyneside.
He then joined Lloyd’s Register where he was responsible for solving technical problems on ships and marine vehicles, followed by joining BAE Systems (known as VSEL) in 1989 as a structural engineering specialist.
Promotions then followed, eventually seeing him become the engineering director of BAE Systems Submarine Solutions, before progressing to managing director of the business in 2009.
He will be replaced in Barrow by Tony Johns, currently BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines, future submarines director.
Mr Hudson added: ‘He is the ideal person to replace me and I look forward to working with him in the future.’