Kristie Cunningham is senior vice president of Communications for BAE Systems, Inc., responsible for leading all external and internal communications activities for the organization — developing and executing communications strategies and delivering compelling and innovative messages across a full range of communication media and channels.
BAE Systems, Inc. employs more than 33,000 employees in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden and Israel, and generated 2018 revenues of approximately $10.8 billion. As a member of the Inc. Senior Leadership Team and Global Communications Council, Cunningham directs media relations, employee engagement, marketing communications, and community investment activities to shape perceptions among customers, other external stakeholders, and employees.
Cunningham is a successful communications professional with 25 years of experience. Her work developing and executing high-impact communications strategies that support key business winning campaigns and enhance the company’s brand and reputation in the U.S. and international markets has been recognized with honors that include an IABC Gold Quill Award.
She joined BAE Systems in 2010 as vice president of Employee Engagement, and later held a dual position leading global employee engagement for both Inc. and BAE Systems plc in London. In this position, she led international teams to support strategic business initiatives, promote collaboration across our diverse workforce, and foster employees’ understanding and pride in the work they do.
Prior to joining BAE Systems, she served as a director of Communications at Northrop Grumman, where she oversaw marketing communications, executive and employee communications, and media relations. Her tenure in the defense and aerospace industry was preceded by almost a decade of communications experience at AOL, which followed her roles at MCI WorldCom, the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, and the Washington Times.
In the broader community, Cunningham is a past vice chair and active member of the Communications Leadership Committee for the Aerospace Industries Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Mission Continues and the Alumni Advisory Council for the School of Communications at James Madison University, and is also a member of The Seminar, a premier organization of chief communications officers and public affairs executives.
Cunningham holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from James Madison University and is also a graduate of the CEO Leadership Program designed and led by Linda Hudson, former president and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc. She resides in Northern Virginia and enjoys competing in duathlons as an avid runner and cyclist.