BAE Systems hires Britain’s former envoy to Saudi Arabia | The Guardian
The senior British diplomat who played a central role in pressuring the Serious Fraud Office to drop its investigation into BAE Systems over the al-Yamamah Saudi arms deal has been hired by the defence group, the Guardian has learned.
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, who left the Foreign Office last October, will become BAE’s international business development director, focusing on the Middle East and south-east Asia. He starts his new, full-time role next week.
The move is likely to cause uproar among anti-corruption campaigners.