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3 January, 2019 - 15:36 By Tony Quested

Marshall caps bounceback by luring Lockheed Martin ace to Cambridge

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Cambridge has pulled off a tremendous coup in persuading a top director from Lockheed Martin in the UK to join its executive team.

The hire of Patrick Wood as chief technical officer and programme management director caps a stunning turnaround by Marshall ADG which has won a string of deals and lined up lucrative future contracts following a turbulent 18 months for the aerospace and defence industries.

Wood’s arrival rubber-stamps Marshall’s credentials as a world-class operator in the field  and is the more remarkable as Lockheed only headhunted him from Airbus less than 15 months ago.

Alistair McPhee, CEO, Marshall Aerospace and Defence told Business Weekly: “We are delighted to have been able to attract someone of Patrick’s calibre and expertise to join the executive team at Marshall ADG and believe it is a true reflection of the progress we are making as an organisation.

“The past 18 months has seen a significant turnaround in our performance both from a business winning and delivery perspective, enabling us to invest in new talent to help underpin our ambitious growth strategy.

“Patrick joins us to focus on two key areas – driving our Programme Management Office to ensure we continue to deliver for our customers and in the development of a dedicated innovation function that will ensure the Marshall name continues to be synonymous with driving the future of Aerospace and Defence.”

Wood joins Marshall on January 7 having served as director of international advanced programmes and the executive responsible for Lockheed Martin Space’s UK business.

Defence News reports that his departure has prompted a restructuring of Lockheed Martin’s international space business sector.

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