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Andrea Thompson

Managing Director at BAE Systems for Europe & International

Andrea’s career began with Rockwell International, followed by PACCAR working as a Program Management and Materials Management at Kenworth Truck Company and Supplier Quality. Andrea was then promoted to an Operations Director role at Leyland Trucks in the UK, being the first female Managing Director of Leyland Trucks in its 120 year history. Whilst MD, the company won the Queen’s Award for Engineering and the Shingo Award for Manufacturing Operational Excellence. Andrea was also selected to be part of an Automotive Council, a joint Government and Industry lead Business Strategic Body.

Andrea joined BAE Systems in June 2016 as Senior Vice President. In January 2019 Andrea was promoted from US Programs to run Europe & International side of the business. Andrea is responsible for the European Typhoon & Tornado lines of business, UK Hawk Operations, International and future programmes, Tempest development and delivery. With a people responsibility of over 6000 across all locations.

Andrea was recently appointed the Chair of NW Made Smarter, a multi-million pound regional initiative to help the manufacturing sector become more digital. Andrea also sits on the Supervisory Board which is the governing body for the Eurofighter GmbH consortium.

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