Sir Richard Olver

chairman of bae systems

Sir Richard Olver was appointed chairman of BAE Systems in 2004. Since then, he has turned the company around in times of turmoil. When asked about his career, Olver stated “The fun of design, the challenge of analysis, and the ability to solve the world’s big problems. That’s what engineers do! What better way to employ your life?” In 2013, he was knighted for his services to the engineering industry. As chairman of the Education for Engineering Policy Group, which influences government policy, particularly on the issue of education for engineering, Olver is a well-respected authority. In addition, he is a member of David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group and also serves as a UK Business Ambassador and as a member of the India/UK CEO Forum.

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