On the formation of BAE Systems in November 1999 (following the merger of British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems), Chris was appointed Managing Director – Harrier, Tornado and US Military Aircraft Projects, later to become Military Air Solutions and Support. In this role Chris was responsible for all BAE Systems involvement in its in-service military aircraft, including Harrier, Tornado, T45 Goshawk, Nimrod MR2 and Jaguar. In addition to this, he also led BAE Systems’ activity in the Joint Strike Fighter Programme. Following the formation of the Military Air and Information business, in January 2011, Chris was appointed to the position of Managing Director for the Combat Air business. In this role Chris was responsible for delivering operational performance, support and improvement strategies for all combat air platforms and the associated readiness and sustainment activities for the UK and international business. This included Typhoon build and support for Tornado, Harrier and Jaguar and Typhoon platforms. In addition to taking a lead role for MAI International Strategy, Chris also had responsibility for Unmanned Combat Air Systems (UCAS) strategy.