Michael Turner (businessman)

Michael John Turner CBE (born 5 August 1948) is the former chief executive officer (CEO) of the aerospace and defence company BAE Systems, and current chairman of Babcock International and prior to the hostile takeover by Melrose was chairman of GKN plc.

Michael John Turner

Born (1948-08-05) 5 August 1948
EducationDidsbury Technical High School
Alma materManchester Polytechnic
Known forCEO of BAE Systems, 2002–2008

Early life

He attended Didsbury Technical High School (became Wilbraham High School in 1965) on School Lane in Didsbury. He gained a BA from Manchester Polytechnic in 1970, whilst working for Hawker Siddeley Aviation which he joined in 1966.


Turner replaced the previous CEO at BAE Systems plc, John Weston, in March 2002 who was dismissed. Turner has previously been a Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company, responsible for all of the company's business units.

Both Turner and BAE's previous chairman, Sir Richard Evans, have had an abrasive relationship with senior Ministry of Defence officials. The relationship deteriorated over cost over-runs and delays to major procurement projects, for example BAE announced a shock profit warning in December 2002 related to two major projects, the Astute class submarine and the Nimrod MRA4. BAE took a £750 million hit against these projects.

On 15 October 2007 it was announced by BAE Systems that Turner would step down from his role in 2008.[1] On 1 September 2008 Ian King the COO took over from Turner as CEO.

Turner is a member of the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network and was awarded the prestigious "Honorary Apprenticeship Award" in July 2009.

Career timeline

  • 1966 Undergraduate Commercial Apprentice, Hawker Siddeley Aviation.
  • 1970 Contracts Officer, Hawker Siddeley Aviation.
  • 1978 Contracts Manager (Military), British Aerospace Aircraft Group Manchester Division.
  • 1981 Executive Director - Administration, British Aerospace
  • 1982 Divisional Administration Director, British Aerospace
  • Early 1980s to 1984 Advanced Turboprop (ATP) Project team leader, British Aerospace
  • 1984 Divisional Director and General Manager, Kingston, British Aerospace. Responsible for BAE's Kingston and Dunsfold Park facilities, which manufactured the Harrier and Hawk aircraft respectively.
  • 1986 Director and General Manager, Weybridge, Kingston and Dunsfold, part of BAe's Military Aircraft Division.
  • 1987 Director Marketing and Product Support, BAe Military Aircraft Division.
  • 1988 Executive Vice President Defence Marketing, British Aerospace
  • 1992 Chairman and Managing Director, British Aerospace Regional Aircraft and Chairman of Jetstream Aircraft.
  • 1994 Promoted to the British Aerospace board as of 1 January
  • 1994 Chairman of Commercial Aerospace, which included BAE's Airbus factories.
  • 1995 Vice-President of the Society of British Aerospace Companies until 1996, then President from June 1996 until June 1997.
  • 1996 Non-Executive Director of Babcock International Group.
  • 1996 Head of BAE's defence export businesses
  • 1998 Appointed to the Airbus Supervisory Board. Retained this seat with the formation of Airbus SAS in 2001 until BAE sold its 20% share in 2006.
  • 1999 With the formation of BAE Systems, became Chief Operating Officer.
  • 2002 Replaced John Weston as CEO.
  • 2005 Non-Executive Director of P&O. Stepped down in March 2006.
  • 2006 Executive Directorship at Lazard Ltd
  • 2008 Non-Executive Chairman of Babcock International Group.[2]
  • 2012 Non-Executive Chairman of GKN Plc

2018- Non-Executive Barclays PLC


He received a CBE for services to the Aerospace Industry in the Queen's 1999 Birthday Honours. 2014 NED FTSE 100 Chairman of the year

Personal life

In 1972, he married Rosalind Thomas and they have two sons.

See also


  1. BAE Systems boss to leave in 2008 BBC News - 16 October 2007
  2. "Management Team". Babcock International. Archived from the original on 8 March 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.


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