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Biography of Robin Southwell


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Robin joined EADS in January 2003 initially as CEO of Airtanker Ltd during which time he secured the largest military PFI in history.

In July 2005 he was subsequently appointed CEO of EADS UK responsible for EADS activities in the UK and representing some 18,500 employees.

Robin’s career has mainly been in the aerospace industry, initially joining BAE Systems upon leaving university in 1981.

His early career at BAE Systems included marketing and negotiating contracts for commercial and military aircraft worldwide.  He established the Asset Management Organisation in the mid 1990s before moving to Australia for three years, during which time the Australians selected both the BAe Hawk and missile systems from MBDA.

Robin is Chairman of Quest Aviation Services, Concord Ltd and Airbase Group Ltd.   Furthermore, he is President of ADS, a Trustee of the RAF Museum and a NED of Farnborough International Limited.  He is also a Governor of Parkside School and was appointed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, as a UK Business Ambassador.


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