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更新时间:2012-09-11    来源/发布:www.en369.cn    作者/编辑:英语作文网

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Ian King wants to transform the way the world's third-biggest defence company does business

伊安·金想转变世界第三大军工公司的经营之道

ON JUNE 27th last year, just six weeks after Mike Turner, the chief executive of BAE Systems, had been detained on arrival in America in connection with corruption allegations, Ian King was announced as his successor. Mr Turner and another of the firm's directors were not held for long, and many felt that the Department of Justice, which seized their laptops and BlackBerrys, had acted heavy-handedly. But the incident, which stemmed from a long-running investigation into claims that BAE had lubricated the £43 billion ($70 billion) “al-Yamamah” arms deal with Saudi Arabia with bribes to government officials and members of the royal family, was yet another embarrassment for the world's third-biggest defence company.

去年6月27日,就在英国BAE系统公司的首席执行官Mike Turner抵达美国即因牵涉腐败案件而被拘留之后六周, 伊安·金被宣布接替他的职务。 Turner先生和另一位公司主管并没有被扣押太久,很多人认为,收缴了他们的手提电脑和黑莓手机的司法部出手过重。 但这一事件使这个世界第三大军工公司又一次陷入尴尬,这一事件源于一个长期调查,旨在证明BAE向沙特阿拉伯的政府官员和皇室成员行贿,以促成430亿英镑(合700亿美元)的“al-Yamamah”军火交易。

In some ways Mr King's appointment was a surprise. Dick Olver, BAE's chairman since 2004, has been on a mission to restore the reputation of a firm that has all too often found itself at the centre of corruption allegations. In 2007 he took the extraordinary step of asking a former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, to lead an independent inquiry into BAE's ethical standards. After he pushed Mr Turner into early retirement, it was assumed that Mr Olver would make a clean break with the past by choosing an outsider to carry forward his crusade. Indeed, several Americans were considered for the job (America is the British firm's biggest market). So when Mr King, the only internal candidate, got the nod, some suspected that the British government had used its “golden share” to veto the appointment of a foreigner.

从某些方面来说,金先生的任命出人意料。 2004年上任的BAE主席Dick Olver一直都肩负着重塑公司声誉的使命,这个公司已过多地陷入腐败案件的中心。 2007年他走出了不同寻常的一步,他请来前最高法院首席法官Woolf阁下展开对BAE道德标准的独立调查。 在他迫使Turner先生提前退休之后,人们认为Olver先生将与过去做出果断的决裂,选择一位局外人来推动他的改革运动。 的确,曾有几个美国人被考虑过担任这项职务(美国是这家英国公司最大的市场)。 所以,当金先生,这个唯一的国内候选人,获得首肯的时候,有些人怀疑英国政府投出了它的“金票”来否决一个外国人的任命。

BAE executives deny that happened, but the government must have been relieved that the country's dominant defence contractor would be run by someone it knew well. Mr King began his career in 1976 as a trainee accountant with Marconi, a defence-electronics subsidiary of Arnold Weinstock's GEC, Britain's biggest industrial conglomerate. In the late 1990s a wave of consolidation hit the defence industry on both sides of the Atlantic and Marconi Electronic Systems, as it had become, was taken over by British Aerospace to form BAE Systems.

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