The defence giant BAE Systems could lose one of its most prominent board directors, it has emerged.
Lee McIntire has confirmed that he would quit as a non-executive director if the Colorado-based engineer he leads, CH2M Hill, is selected to take over the £14bn-budget Ministry of Defence agency that buys the armed forces’ tanks and missiles.
One of Defence Equipment & Support’s (DE&S) major suppliers is BAE, meaning that his board role with the group could present a damaging conflict of interest should CH2M Hill become responsible for dishing out lucrative work.
Mr McIntire, who became a BAE director in June 2011, said: “In regard to the current MoD DE&S procurement should CH2M Hill be awarded the contract, I would of course give up my seat on the BAE board of directors.”
Other US engineering groups interested in taking over DE&Sinclude Bechtel and URS Corporation.