Saab Grintek Defence has appointed Graham Walker as their Marketing Executive for Naval and Maritime Systems in the Saab Sub-Saharan Africa Country Unit.
Based in the company’s Cape Town office in Capricorn Park, Walker will manage all naval and maritime client portfolios, overseeing stakeholder needs and maintaining relationships with Saab’s naval and maritime clients in the region, Saab said on 21 May.
Walker joined Saab in January 2019 after serving as a Combat Officer in the South African Navy (SAN) for 23 years. He held various appointments at sea and ashore including promotion to the rank of Captain (SAN). His final appointment in the SAN was as the Senior Staff Officer Above Water Warfare, on the staff of Director Maritime Warfare at the SAN Headquarters. In this role he was responsible for the Surface Warfare, Patrol, and Combat Support capabilities from a policy and doctrine perspective as well as being appointed as the SAN Technology Manager.
He considers his time in the navy as a once in a lifetime adventure that has moulded and shaped him into the individual he is today. His experience provides a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the various customers and markets he will engage with, as well as the processes required to operate within the naval and maritime domain.
“I look forward to forging stronger relationships with the navies and maritime industries within Sub-Saharan Africa, using my naval experience to identify and serve the region’s requirements while providing naval and maritime security solutions through effective collaboration at all levels,” said Walker.