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James Gray appointed Raytheon UK Chief Executive and Managing Director

Raytheon UK, part of RTX’s Raytheon business, has today announced the appointment of James Gray as its new Chief Executive and Managing Director, effective 1st June 2024.

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Since 2018, James Gray (above) has served as the Managing Director of the company’s Cyber, Space & Training business where he has secured significant growth building enduring sovereign capabilities.

He succeeds Jeff Lewis, who is retiring after serving in the role for the past four years.

“I am looking forward to taking on this role and thank Jeff for his leadership. He has driven topline growth during his tenure which I intend to continue,” said Gray. “I joined Raytheon UK in 2009 and have seen first-hand the critical role that our people and technologies play in securing the UK, stretching back over a century.”

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“As a long-standing strategic partner, our contribution to UK aerospace & defence is expansive. From our manufacturing sites in Scotland and space hubs in the north-east, to the provision of software services and development in Manchester and Gloucester and our aerospace engineering capabilities in north Wales, I'm proud to be leading a business that is providing security and securing high-skilled jobs across the UK.”

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Chander Nijhon, vice president of Systems, Strategy and Global Operations for Raytheon, said: “We are delighted that James has agreed to succeed Jeff and will accelerate the business’ long-term growth. His passion for innovation and technological advancement, coupled with his focus on building an inclusive leadership culture, will continue to see Raytheon UK advance as a strategic capability and delivery centre for Raytheon.”

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