28 Aug 2008 | Ref. 235/2008
Lucy Reilly Fitch, Vice President of Corporate Communications
ROCKVILLE, Maryland -- Lucy Reilly Fitch has been named Vice President of Corporate Communications for BAE Systems, Inc. Previously, Lucy was the company’s Vice President for Mergers & Acquisitions.
“Lucy's selection follows an extensive search process,” said Walt P. Havenstein, CEO of BAE Systems, Inc. “Given her experience with BAE Systems in both M&A and Strategy, and her background as a journalist, Lucy is the ideal person to lead and shape our Communications efforts as we continue to grow the business and meet our customers’ needs.”
Since joining BAE Systems in 2000, Lucy has led both the Strategy & M&A functions, helping to increase revenues through acquisition by more than US $9 billion. In 2006, she received the Association for Corporate Growth’s (National Capital Chapter) “Deal of the Year” award for completing the largest defense transaction in the industry in 2005 for the US $4.2 billion acquisition of United Defense Inc. In 2005, ACG awarded Lucy “Dealmaker of the Year – Corporate” award for five transactions closed in 2004, valued at more than US $800 million.
Prior to joining BAE Systems, she was the Director of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics Sector in Bethesda, Maryland. Previous posts include Vice President of Business Development at ManTech Systems Solutions Corporation, and Manager of Strategic Analysis at Hughes Aircraft Corporation (now Raytheon Company), where she led that company’s competitive intelligence efforts.
Before joining the defense industry in 1993, Lucy was an award-winning business journalist for a variety of publications including Washington Technology, King Publishing’s New Technology Week, and the American City Business Journals group, which included: Washington Business Journal, Richmond (Virginia) Business Journal, and Jacksonville (Florida) Business Journal.
A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Lucy holds a Masters in Business Administration (International) from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Kansas State University.