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David Lockwood OBE

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David Lockwood is Chief Executive of Cobham PLC. He has extensive experience of international operations and has a strong background in technology. He has held a number of non-executive and chairman positions. He was previously Chief Executive of Laird PLC where he focused on developing a strong strategy for growth, a common culture and a solid governance foundation, and in transforming the company into an efficient operation where innovation flourishes and customer focus and satisfaction is paramount.

Prior to that David was Vice President, Global Defence & Security at BT Global Services. He gained extensive senior management experience in international operations from roles at Thales Corporation, Intense Limited (a photonics high-tech start-up), BAE Systems and GEC (Marconi).

David is the Non-Executive Chair of Knowledge Transfer Network Limited, a vehicle which was established in April 2014 to support the work of Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) – the UK’s innovation agency which is sponsored by the UK Government’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). David also previously chaired the Scottish Government’s Technology Advisory Group.

David has held non-executive director and chairman positions in a number of high-tech companies, including the Samsung Thales Corporation (Korea) and WFEL Limited, the Dunedin-backed world’s leading military tactical bridging company.

David studied for a degree in mathematics, graduating in 1984 from the University of York. A mathematician and accountant (FCA) by training, David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce (RSA) and was the 2005 Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology. In the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, David was awarded the OBE for services to industry in Scotland.

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