04 Dec 2017

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory appoints new Chief Executive

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has appointed Gary Aitkenhead as its new Chief Executive.

Mr Aitkenhead will formally take up post on 1 January 2018 as he replaces outgoing David Marsh, who has been Acting Chief Executive since the previous Chief Executive Jonathan Lyle left the organisation in September.

He brings with him a wealth of experience in the development and supply of mission-critical wireless communications solutions to public safety, industrial and transportation sectors.

Speaking ahead of his arrival, Mr Aitkenhead said: “I am excited to begin a new challenge at Dstl, in an organisation that provides such essential skills, knowledge and capabilities in support of the defence, security and prosperity of the UK.”

As Dstl’s Chief Executive, he will lead an organisation of over 3,800 scientists and engineers providing specialist, and in many cases world-leading expertise, across a wide-range of disciplines.

He has previously held senior global positions at Sepura and at Motorola Solutions, where he had commercial responsibility for sales, services, operations and product management.

Sir David Pepper, Chairman of Dstl said: “I am delighted to welcome Gary to Dstl. He brings a wealth of experience in research and development and in organisational transformation that will be invaluable as Dstl moves into the next phase of its development. I am looking forward to working with him as he takes on his leadership role.”

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