BAE Systems, Inc., the U.S.-based business of Britain’s BAE Systems plc, on Thursday said that Tom Arsenault has been named its president and chief operating officer (COO) and that Jerry DeMuro will continue as CEO of the U.S. business.

Arsenault has been COO of BAE Systems, Inc. for several years, with responsibility for day to day operations, implementing the company’s objectives throughout the enterprise, and leading the Strategy and Corporate Development team. Adding the role of president means Arsenault will provide functional leadership, BAE Systems, Inc. said.

BAE Systems, Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Arsenault. Photo: BAE

“Tom has a proven track record leading complex organizations focused on fulfilling critical and technologically challenging missions,” DeMuro said in a statement. “Based on his extensive experience across our international portfolio, this is a natural next step in our efforts to maintain a strong leadership team, and this new reporting structure will streamline Tom’s direct oversight of our business segments and functions for the benefit of our customers, talented workforce, and external stakeholders.”

DeMuro, who was previously president and CEO of the U.S. headquarters, will remain in charge of overall strategy and vision for BAE Systems, Inc., and oversee the internal audit team, BAE Systems, Inc. spokesman Brian Roehrkasse told Defense Daily.

“Jerry will remain involved in oversight of key programs and business pursuits as well as take on several enterprise-wide initiatives,” Roehrkasse said. “He will also continue to cultivate key partnerships with our customers, increase support to investor relations, and lead our collaboration and engagement with the plc leadership team.”

DeMuro and Arsenault are both members of BAE Systems plc’s Executive Committee.

Arsenault previously has been president of BAE’s Electronic Systems sector and executive vice president of its Product Sectors, putting him in charge establishing and implementing a vision for business performance in the Electronic Systems and legacy Land & Armaments businesses.

Arsenault has also worked for General Electric [GE], Lockheed Martin [LMT], and The Analytics Sciences Corp., better known as TASC, which is now part of Science Applications International Corp. [SAIC].

BAE Systems, Inc. posted $10.8 billion in sales in 2018.