Top BAe man moves to head GKN aerospace division

GKN has recruited Kevin Smith, a top British Aerospace executive, to head its aerospace components, structures and services businesses. Smith, BAe’s managing director for new business, will join the GKN board in November, reporting to chief executive CK Chow. Smith joined BAe in 1980. Starting as contracts officer, he worked through the commercial directorate and […]

GKN has recruited Kevin Smith, a top British Aerospace executive, to head its aerospace components, structures and services businesses. Smith, BAe’s managing director for new business, will join the GKN board in November, reporting to chief executive CK Chow.

Smith joined BAe in 1980. Starting as contracts officer, he worked through the commercial directorate and was appointed contracts manager for Saudi Arabia in 1986. Two years later he became contracts director for military aircraft and in February 1990 became commercial director, with a place on the military aircraft board.

In 1991, BAe formed its military aircraft division with Smith becoming deputy managing director, and, in 1993, managing director, with a position on the BAe defence board. In 1995 he was given the corporate brief of managing director business operations before promotion to the deputy managing director role of BAe.

`Kevin Smith brings a wealth of international business experience as well as a deep knowledge of the aerospace sector,’ said Chow.

David Wright remains executive director on the GKN board responsible for GKN Westland Helicopters and the group’s other defence interests.