US defence giant Lockheed Martin has announced that a former United States Navy SEAL has been appointed to lead the company in the Middle East.
Robert S Harward, a lifelong national security leader who served on the National Security Council for the Bush administration, will expand his role to lead the company’s growing regional business.
In this new role, he will be responsible for the company’s strategy, operations and growth in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Harward previously served as the company’s chief executive for the UAE.
“Bob has exceptional experience across the region and unparalleled knowledge of how our technology can help solve our Middle East partners’ greatest security challenges,” said Richard H Edwards, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin International.
“I am confident that under Bob’s leadership we will continue to drive our Middle East business forward and help strengthen global security.”
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 2014, Harward was a Vice Admiral (SEAL) in the United States Navy.
In 2014, the defence company opened an innovation centre in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City to provide advanced security solutions to the UAE.
The Centre for Innovation and Security Solutions (CISS) was the first of its kind outside the United States, the company said at the time.
Source: Arabian Business