Chief Executive, QinetiQ Group plc
Wednesday 28 October
Graham Love became Chief Executive Officer of QinetiQ in 2005. Prior to that he was Chief Financial Officer, and was also responsible for QinetiQ’s North American operations, leading a targeted acquisition programme to create a substantial platform in the US defence and security markets.
Graham’s career has included management roles with Ernst & Young, KPMG and Shandwick plc, as well as several years in international consulting. In the late eighties he was part of the senior management team that made Shandwick plc the world's number one PR group through a major acquisition programme involving the purchase of over 30 public relations agencies worldwide.
In 1992, Graham joined the UK Government's Defence Research Agency as Finance Director and continued in the role when the agency expanded into DERA. In 1997 he left to become Chief Executive of Comax, a support services company which was subsequently sold to Amey plc. Graham rejoined DERA as CFO in 2001, playing a leading role in the formation of QinetiQ, the sale of a controlling interest to the Carlyle Group in 2003, and the IPO in 2006.
Graham graduated from Cambridge University with an English degree. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute UK. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Graham takes a strong personal interest in the promotion of science and engineering careers amongst young people, and is a board member of both STEMNET and SEMTA.