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Richard Lake Olver (born 2 January 1947) is Chairman of BAE Systems, the world's second largest defence contractor.

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Career

Following his studies at City University where he gained a degree in civil engineering, he joined BP in 1973. He became Managing Director of BP Gas Europe in 1988, and CEO of BP Exploration in 1998.

BAE Systems

Olver joined the company in the role of non-executive chairman on July 1, 2004. He replaces Sir Richard Evans, who had served with BAE Systems and its predecessor companies for over 30 years. Olver previously held the role of deputy chief-executive at BP, which he had joined in 1973.

Olver also serves on the board of directors of the Reuters news agency.

Personal life

In 1968 he married Pamela Larkin. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

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