Charles Woodburn, chief operating officer at BAE Systems, will officially assume the chief executive roleÂ after Ian King retires from the British defense companyÂ at the end of June.
“Since his appointment last year, Charles has made an important contribution to the company, bringing impeccable engineering credentials, broad international experience and fresh perspectives to build on our existing strengths,” BAE Chairman Roger Carr said in a statement released Wednesday.
Woodburn is aÂ 20-year oil and gas industry veteran whoÂ joined BAE in February 2016Â after he led Expro GroupÂ as the oilfield service provider’s CEO.
He previouslyÂ held variousÂ positionsÂ at SchlumbergerÂ that included vice president ofÂ engineering, manufacturing and sustaining; president and product development manager of wireline business; and technology center manager.
King, a more than 40-year aerospace sector veteran, will retireÂ after nearly nineÂ years of leadership at BAE.