Abu Dhabi Airports CEO Tony Douglas named new UK military procurement chief

Paul Snell is managing editor at Supply Management
26 March 2015

Tony Douglas, chief executive of Abu Dhabi Airports, has been appointed to lead the UK Ministry of Defence’s procurement arm.

Douglas will take over as chief executive of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) in September.

“I am absolutely delighted to have the privilege of serving my country and supporting Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

Delivering their requirements with the utmost service quality and providing best value to the taxpayer is a responsibility that I take with real pride,” he said.

Chief of defence materiel Bernard Gray, who currently leads DE&S, will continue in his post until the end of year to ensure a smooth handover, as previously reported by SM.

Douglas joined Abu Dhabi Airports as CEO in March 2013, having previously been CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports Company. He has also held senior roles at Laing O’Rourke, BAA, where as group supply chain director he was responsible for £1 billion spend, and Kenwood Group as manufacturing and global logistics director. He began his career at General Motors as an engineer.

Defence secretary Michael Fallon said: “Douglas brings a wealth of international experience and expertise in project and programme management, organisational leadership and business strategy, which will prove invaluable for the future of DE&S and defence as a whole.”

After the decision to outsource defence procurement to a private provider was scrapped in 2013, it was announced DE&S would be transformed into a central government trading entity, with separate governance and oversight from the Ministry of Defence.

Douglas will be speaking at the CIPS Middle East Conference in Abu Dhabi on 11 May 2015. Click here for more information.

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