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Biography

Tom Arseneault

Tom Arseneault
Chief Operating Officer of BAE Systems, Inc., and president of the Electronic Systems sector

As chief operating officer and president of the Electronic Systems (ES) sector, Arseneault is responsible for driving operational performance and delivering key business objectives across the enterprise, while managing ES operations spanning commercial and defense electronics markets

BAE Systems, Inc. is an international, U.S.-based defense, aerospace, and security company with approximately 32,300 employees and generated sales of $10.4 billion in 2015. As COO, he serves as deputy to President and CEO Jerry DeMuro and is responsible for driving operational performance and successfully delivering key business objectives across the enterprise. Arseneault is also a member of the Executive Committee of BAE Systems plc, on which he shares leadership duties in overseeing the Global Supply Chain. In addition, Arseneault leads the Inc. Strategy and Corporate Development team to identify and implement strategies and initiatives to promote growth for the U.S.-based sectors and across elements of the global company through organic investments, acquisitions, as well as the pursuit of international business opportunities to enable the organization to protect its core business and advance adjacent and international growth and exports.

The Electronic Systems sector, which is headquartered in Nashua, N.H., employs 11,200 employees at 25 major sites. As president of Electronic Systems, Arseneault is responsible for the sector’s operations spanning commercial and defense electronics markets, and its broad portfolio of vehicle and mission critical electronic systems from flight and engine controls to electronic warfare and night vision systems, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors, advanced situational awareness displays and systems, secure networked communications equipment, and power and energy management systems.

Throughout his career, Arseneault has consistently demonstrated his ability to lead complex organizations responsible for fulfilling critical and technologically challenging missions. Recently he served as executive vice president of BAE Systems’ Product Sectors, responsible for articulating and executing a vision that drove optimal business performance across the Electronic Systems and legacy Land & Armaments businesses. Prior to that appointment, Arseneault served as president of the company’s Electronic Systems sector.

Arseneault previously managed various organizations and programs for Sanders, a Lockheed Martin Company, and he remained with the unit when it was acquired by BAE Systems in 2000. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of engineering and program management positions with General Electric, The Analytic Sciences Corporation, and Weather Services International.

He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Boston University.