John Wood Group PLC - Aberdeen, Scotland-based energy and materials engineering and consulting - Hires David Lockwood as non-executive director, joining the board on March 12. Lockwood is the chief executive officer of London-based aerospace and defence contractor Babcock International Group PLC. Prior to Babcock, Lockwood was CEO of Babcock peer Cobham PLC and of electronics firm Laird PLC. Wood Chair Roy Franklin says Lockwood "is an innovative leader who has led large-scale company transformations and consistently delivered value for shareholders, making him a strong addition to Wood's board." Babcock welcomes the appointment, believing it will be "beneficial to both organisations".

Wood current stock price: 150.80 pence

12-month change: up 6.4%

By Tom Waite, Alliance News editor

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