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Qinetiq chief executive quits one day after critical RAF Nimrod crash report

THE chief executive of defence research business Qinetiq, Graham Love, stood down yesterday &ndash; a day after the company was heavily criticised in a report into the fatal RAF Nimrod aircraft crash in 2006.<br /><br />Love, who was with Qinetiq for eight years, will leave on 30 November but remains as a consultant to the group. He is being replaced by Leo Quinn, the former chief executive of bank note printer De La Rue.<br /><br />A spokesman for Qinetiq said the management change was unconnected to the Nimrod report. &ldquo;The board has been in succession planning for over a year,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />On Wednesday aviation lawyer Charles Haddon-Cave published the findings of his 20-month review into the disaster, which killed 14 servicemen. The report identified &ldquo;manifold shortcomings in the UK military airworthiness and in-service support regime&rdquo;. <br /><br />It criticised 10 individuals from the Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems and Qinetiq, which it labelled &ldquo;lax&rdquo; for failing to read BAE&rsquo;s reports or check its work properly.