Chertoff named chairman of BAE Systems’ board of directors

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BAE Systems has announced that former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff was elected chairman of the company starting May 1.

Chertoff has served on BAE Systems’ board of directors since May 2010.

“As an existing board member, we have benefited from Secretary Chertoff’s wise counsel and deep understanding of global security challenges,” Linda P. Hudson, President & CEO of BAE Systems, said in a statement. “We look forward to his expanded leadership role as Chairman of the BAE Systems, Inc. Board of Directors.”

Chertoff succeeds retired Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, whose three-year term is ending. He will remain an outside director on the board until April 2014.

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