Ellen Tauscher, a former congressinoal representative and a financial sector veteran, has joined the board of directors of BAE Systems Inc. — the British contractor’s U.S. subsidiary.
She begins her three-year term at the company on Friday, BAE said Thursday.
“Her insight and advice on the many important issues confronting the defense industry and our customers will be invaluable, and I’m pleased to welcome her to the board, ” said Michael Chertoff, chairman of BAE Systems Inc.’ board.
Tauscher’s appointment to the board comes as Robert Fitch, Linda Hudson and Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minihan are set to step down as outside directors of the British contractor’s U.S. subsidiary.
“I would like to thank Bob, Linda, and Ken, not only for the wise counsel they provided BAE Systems as members of the company’s board, but for their years of dedicated service in support of the country’s national security, ” said Jerry DeMuro, president and CEO of BAE Systems Inc.
Tauscher served as undersecretary for arms control and international security, and special envoy for strategic stability and missile defense at the State Department.
She was previously the representative of California’s 10th congressional district and served on the Armed Services Committee before she was appointed as chairman of the Strategic Forces subcommittee.
She was also a member of the New York Stock Exchange prior to taking government service roles.