BAE Systems fills top corporate responsibility roles

BAE Systems has confirmed two senior appointments to the team that will monitor ethical conduct throughout the company.

Raj Rajagopal, who becomes managing director, corporate responsibility, was previously president of the Ground Systems division of BAE Systems’ Land and Armaments Operating Group, where he helped position the business as a leading player in the US Army’s Future Combat System modernisation programme. He also led the programme to develop the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected family of vehicles.

Deborah Allen, who has been working on corporate responsibility issues within the company for seven years, becomes deputy managing director for this part of the business.

Together, the pair will be responsible for setting the future strategic direction of the company’s wider CR agenda, encompassing safety, health, environment, sustainability, inclusion and social and community issues and reputational risk throughout the organisation.

Rajagopal will report directly to BAE Systems chief executive Ian King, who retains personal responsibility for the company’s corporate responsibility agenda. King commented: “These are two critically important promotions which reflect the fact that corporate responsibility and high ethical business standards are absolutely central to everything that we do as a business and a key element of executive performance.”

BAE Systems has also confirmed that is has appointed professional services firm Deloitte to provide external assurance over annual report on the corporate responsibility, due to be published in April 2009.

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