Peter Ruddock, business development director for Lockheed Martin‘s (NYSE: LMT) subsidiary in the U.K., will elevate to the chief executive role there on Jan. 2, 2016.
The company said Wednesday he will oversee more than 3, 000 employees across 21 sites for the London-headquartered Lockheed Martin UK subsidiary.
Ruddock will succeed Stephen Ball, who has led the business since 2009 and will officially retire from Lockheed in July after a seven-month assignment to support the company’s international business activities.
Ruddock joined Lockheed for his current BD role in 2011 after retired from the British air force in 2011 as an air marshal, the branch’s second-highest officer rank.
His air force career includes assignments such as personnel director, commander of the U.K’s air component for Afghanistan and Iraq, and director general for armed forces projects in Saudi Arabia.