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BAE, GE Vet Robert Murphy Named New Cobham CEO

Robert Murphy

Cobham has appointed BAE Systems Inc. executive Robert Murphy CEO, effective June 25, the company announced Monday.

The 25-year aerospace and defense industry veteran will succeed Andy Stevens, who retired in November 2011 due to a recurring back injury.

Stevens will assist the board until further notice and assist Murphy through the transition, Cobham said in the announcement.

He currently serves as an executive vice president for BAE Systems plc’s U.S. subsidiary, where he manages global operations of the product sectors business.

He serves on the parent company’s executive committee and previously served as president of land and armaments.

He also served as chief financial officer and president of technology solutions.

Prior to BAE, he served in financial executive positions at General Electric for 18 years, including as CFO of the military engines operation of GE’s aircraft engines group.

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