Babcock Boss Retires

Blantyre man, Archie Bethel is to retire as chief executive of Babcock International after nearly four years in the job.

Archie joined Babcock in 2004 and became CEO of its marine and technology division three years later. He rose through the ranks to become the London-listed group’s chief executive in 2016.

It’s a far cry from his early years studying mechanical engineering at the University of Strathclyde during the 1970s.

He commented, “Having served at Babcock for 16 years, I feel that this is the right time to retire. It has been an honour and privilege to serve at Babcock and I am proud of what the company has achieved.”

Ruth Cairnie, Babcock’s chair, added, “On behalf of the board, I want to thank Archie for his service to Babcock, during which time he was instrumental in growing Babcock from a small cap to a leading defence business. Archie has been a proven and respected leader, whose knowledge and understanding of the sector is second to none.”

Archie will remain in place while Babcock searches for a replacement. We wish him all the very best for the future.

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