Erin will succeed Bob Fitch, who announced in April his plans to retire. In this role, she will assume responsibility for all government relations activities for the company’s U.S. home market, overseeing BAE Systems, Inc.’s relationships with members of Congress, the Department of Defense and other Cabinet-level organizations. Erin will also oversee Government Relations staffs across the organization in working with state government leaders.
“Erin’s vast industry knowledge, experience and relationships will prove a tremendous asset to our organization as we strive to meet the changing needs of government customers facing rapidly shifting budget and security challenges,” said Linda Hudson, President and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc. “Bob Fitch has served the defense and intelligence communities with distinction for more than 40 years. I’d like to extend a special thanks to him for his tireless dedication to our company, our industry and our country.”
Erin most recently served as the president of Principled Strategic LLC, a consulting firm she founded in Washington, D.C. Previously she held senior government relations positions at Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics and served as managing director of Porton Capital Washington.
Prior to joining the defense industry, Erin served as special adviser to the deputy director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, a role in which she provided technical and policy guidance. She began her career with the U.S. Department of Energy as an internal safeguards analyst for nuclear weapons and material.