BAE Systems announced the appointment of Mark Simpkins as the new Vice President, Middle East, with responsibility for the Middle East region.
Moving to Bahrain after three successful years running BAE Systems’ office in New Delhi, Simpkins joins the regional team to continue evolving the company’s business in the Middle East with customers and partners.
Martin Bennett, Managing Director, Central, BAE Systems, said: “Having worked with Mark previously in Bahrain, I’m very pleased that he is rejoining the team to be based in Bahrain once again. Working closely with me and our colleagues around the region, his appointment strengthens our expertise in the region and demonstrates the importance of the Middle East to BAE Systems.”
With a career spanning over three decades in engineering and defence, Mr. Simpkins brings a proven track record of market creation and winning business in international markets, from Egypt to the U.S. He moves to Bahrain from his position of Vice President & General Manager, BAE Systems India.
Simpkins has extensive experience of operating in the Middle East, having previously spent over a decade overseeing projects for Siemens Plessey Defence Systems and Alena Marconi Systems (AMS). In addition from 2003-8, he served as BAE Systems Group Business Development Vice President for Bahrain, based in Manama. .
Commenting on his return to Bahrain, Simpkins said: “I am delighted to be returning to the Middle East. The aerospace and engineering sectors are thriving here and I look forward to continuing to strengthen our presence in the region.”
BAE Systems is once again exhibiting at the Bahrain International Air Show, which runs from 21-23 January at the Sakhir Air Base, with a strong heritage theme, demonstrating BAE Systems long-standing relationship with Bahrain.