THE chief executive of defence research business Qinetiq, Graham Love, stood down yesterday – 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. “The board has been in succession planning for over a year,” 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 “manifold shortcomings in the UK military airworthiness and in-service support regime”. <br /><br />It criticised 10 individuals from the Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems and Qinetiq, which it labelled “lax” for failing to read BAE’s reports or check its work properly.