Tom Arseneault Promoted to BAE US COO; Dave Herr to Retire

Tom Arseneault

Tom Arseneault

Tom Arseneault, formerly executive vice president of the product sectors at BAE Systems Inc. — the British contractor’s U.S. subsidiary — has been promoted to chief operating officer.

Dave Herr

Dave Herr

BAE also announced Wednesday that Dave Herr, product sectors EVP and a 27-year defense industry veteran, will retire from the company.

“As COO, Tom will be key to accomplishing our global development strategy and expanding our business internationally,” said Jerry DeMuro, who started as BAE Systems Inc. president and CEO on Feb. 1.

Arseneault will continue to serve on the subsidiary’s group executive committee as COO, BAE said.

Both Arseneault and Herr were elected to the Wash100, a group of government contracting executives recognized for vision and achievement at the intersection of the public and private sectors.

Arseneault joined BAE’s U.S. arm in 2000 upon its acquisition of Sanders from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and has led BAE Systems Inc.’s electronic systems sector as president.

Herr was promoted to his current position in early 2013 from his prior role as support solutions president and currently leads 19,300 employees that work in the subsidiary’s intelligence and security and support solutions sectors.

His BAE career also includes roles such as VP of commercial avionics for the platform solutions business, VP of operations in that same unit and VP of operations for the former electronics and integrated solutions operating group.

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