Dean McCumiskey who has successfully completed his tenure leading the company’s India presence will be taking on a new assignment within the company. Further, Mark Simpkins has been appointed Vice President & General Manager for India and will lead the Company’s business development activities in the country.
John will build on the solid foundation the Company has established in India and continue to lead the Company’s regional headquarters for South East Asia and India in Kuala Lumpur strengthening relationships with customers and industrial partners, as well as developing new business opportunities across the region.
Previously, as a Senior Vice President for Offset and Operations for BAE Systems, John managed the delivery of the Company’s multi-billion dollar industrial partnership programmes in 20 countries across the globe. Having joined the Company in 2008 as Director for Corporate Development, John focused on identifying key international markets such as India and developing the Company’s strategic approach to growth markets.
John joined the company from the UK Government where he worked in a variety of roles, including over ten years in the UK Ministry of Defence on equipment acquisition, logistics and international security collaboration. He also worked in UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) as a Regional Director and Business Development Director.
Commenting on his new role, John said, “India serves a key role in increasing our international business. Our longstanding history, solid footprint, and focus on forging domestic partnerships and on programme execution positions us well to enhance and grow our presence in India. I look forward to continue to do important work for India, in India, with India.”
An MBA from the London Business School, John is also a graduate of the Whitehall and Industry Group’s Senior Leaders’ Programme and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management.
Dean McCumiskey said, “The contours of the Indian defence landscape are evolving making it one of the most exciting and promising markets internationally. With our long-term commitment in India, the breadth and depth of our global experience and expertise, our focus on partnering, and continued investment in the team, we are perfectly suited to fulfill our vision of becoming an integral part of India‘s indigenous aerospace, defence and security industry.”
Headquartered in New Delhi, BAE Systems India has a six-decade long history. The Company has worked closely with the Government to establish an indigenous production capability at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer which is in service with the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy. In addition, the Company is developing a range of opportunities across the land, naval and the C4ISR sectors in collaboration with domestic industrial partners.
The Company’s flagship Community Investment in Smile Foundation across eight rural and urban locations in seven states in India is commencing its second year of operations reaching primary education to 1100 underprivileged children and delivering primary healthcare services to the doorsteps of over 20,000 underprivileged people in Bangalore.