High-tech parts manufacturer Senior has appointed Ian King as its chairman at a time when the company expects slightly improved results.
Former BAE Systems chief executive King will take up his new role in April next year after a transition period during which he will be a non-executive director.
King is also a non-executive director of Schroders, and at the Department of Transport, as well as a senior adviser to the board of Gleacher Shacklock. He served for nearly a decade as chief executive of BAE systems up until June this year.
He replaces Charles Berry, a former chief executive of Scottish Power's UK operations. Berry plans to retire at the conclusion of next year's AGM.
The announcement was made today as the group issued a trading update, affirming that trading in most areas was as expected.
It also said the sale of its Ilkeston site had reduced closure costs, pushing aerospace performance slightly ahead of previous expectations. Full year profits are now projected to be slightly ahead of expectations.