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BAE's Mark H. Ronald Receives the John Curtis Sword Award From AVIATION WEEK

NEW YORK, July 6 /PRNewswire/ --

- Award to be presented at the 2006 Farnborough International Air Show

Aviation Week & Space Technology editors have selected Mark H. Ronald, President and CEO of BAE Systems Inc., and Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for BAE Systems plc, as the 2006 recipient of the John Curtis Sword. The award is presented biennially to an individual who has made a significant contribution to Anglo-American aerospace.

The ceremonial sword was struck in 1978 in the memory of John Curtis, an Aviation Week & Space Technology manager in the United Kingdom. He worked tirelessly to foster close ties between the aerospace industries of the United States and the United Kingdom. After his untimely death in 1978, his colleagues in the British aerospace industry offered the sword to AVIATION WEEK as a memorial to John Curtis. The Wilkinson Sword Company sword will be on display in the foyer of the McGraw-Hill building at Canary Wharf in London.

Mr. Ronald serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the Board of Governors of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA). He holds the Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), in recognition of furthering closer transatlantic cooperation in the U.S.-U.K. defense industries.

Prior to joining BAE Systems, Mr. Ronald was President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of AEL Industries. He holds a B.A. and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York. He has received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from both institutions.

The Curtis Sword will be presented to Mr. Ronald during a Farnborough International Air Show reception, hosted by Farnborough International Ltd., July 17 in London.

Past recipients of the Curtis Sword include Lord George Robertson; Dr. John Hamre; Sir Richard Evans; Lt. General George K. Muellner, USAF; Sir Ralph Robins; Sir George Edwards; Sanford N. McDonnell; Sir Frank Whittle; Gen. James Doolittle, USAF; Air Commodore F. Rodwell Banks, RAF; Sir Robert Hunt; and Lt. Gen. Thomas H. Miller, USMC.

"We're extremely proud to award the Curtis Sword to Mark Ronald," said AVIATION WEEK President Tom Henricks. "His energy and leadership across the Atlantic reflects the spirit of the Curtis Sword to foster Anglo-American aerospace cooperation."


AVIATION WEEK, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, is the largest multimedia information and services provider to the global aviation, aerospace and defense industry, and includes the publications Aviation Week & Space Technology, Defense Technology International, Aviation Daily, Overhaul & Maintenance, Aerospace Daily & Defense Report, ShowNews, Business & Commercial Aviation, The Weekly of Business Aviation and the World Aerospace Database. The group's web portal, , offers the industry's most reliable news, information, intelligence and features, and its Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) at is the industry's most integrated business tool for managers, business developers, buyers and technical professionals across the entire aviation and aerospace field. The group also produces 12 major conferences and exhibitions in the MRO, defense and programs sectors. Information is available at .

About The McGraw-Hill Companies

Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies is a leading global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands such as Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, BusinessWeek and J.D. Power and Associates. The corporation has more than 290 offices in 38 countries. Sales in 2005 were US$6.0 billion. Additional information is available at .

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