Trevor Raman becomes new President and CEO for Saab Grintek Defence in South Africa

Defence and security company Saab is pleased to announce new President and CEO, Trevor Raman, to run its local South African operations company, Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) in Centurion, Pretoria. Trevor will start his new role 1 March 2016 and will be placed at Saab Grintek Defence facilities in Highveld, Centurion.

"I'm delighted that the process of appointing the CEO of Saab Grintek Defence has been completed,” and I welcome Trevor to Saab. I have full confidence that Trevor will lead Saab Grintek Defence on its path from being good to excellent. We see this appointment as further strengthening our commitment to the industrial growth and prosperity of South Africa at the same time supporting our endeavours to supply defence and security solutions in South Africa and the export market” says Micael Johansson, Chairman of Saab Grintek Defence.

Saab Grintek Defence former President and CEO, Magnus Lewis-Olsson, has taken the position as Saabs Head of Market in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Trevor Raman is currently General Manager of the Research and Development Department at Armscor, the Armaments Corporation of South Africa which is an arm of the Ministry of Defence of South Africa. He has served in the position since August 2013.

Mr Trevor Christopher Raman was born in Durban, South Africa on 22 December 1969. After graduating from the University of Durban Westville in 1994, (BSc Hons in Mechanical Engineering) he was employed by the Aero-Systems Division of Armscor. He was seconded to Aerosud Aviation where he completed his engineer-in-training programme. He was appointed Technology Manager for Advanced Materials and was the founding member of the Ledger Human Capital Development programme with Tertiary Institutes. He held various Programme Manager positions on transport-, trainer- and fighter-aircraft as well as weapons systems which included ILS Manager for the Rooivalk Attack Helicopter and Cheetah Dual Mid Life Upgrade.

In the year 2000 Trevor received an MBA scholarship in Aerospace in Toulouse, France. Part of his studies included work exposure at Airbus and Turbomeca. On completion of his MBA at the end of 2001, Trevor was seconded to Sweden as the ILS Programme Manager for Gripen. In 2005 he was promoted to Senior Manager Technical and the Gripen Programme Manager. He was responsible for the entire Gripen Weapon System development, production and implementation. On completion of the Gripen programme in 2011, he was appointed Senior Manager Technology Management and Analysis, responsible for the execution of Defence Research and Development fund. He spear-headed the committees responsible for Armscor Intellectual Property Policy, Armscor Technology Development Policy, Defence Technology Collaboration requirements and Defence Intellectual Property. He is also an Armscor representative in the India/Brazil/South Africa (IBSA) Defence Related Industry and Institutes collaboration initiative. He serves on various Defence Committee Working Groups. In August 2013 he was entrusted with the restructuring of the Armscor R&D Department and the integration of Armscor Defence Institutes into Armscor Corporate.

Saab Grintek Defence has reinforced its position as a leading South African defence and security company, bringing capabilities including electronic warfare systems, sensor technology, command and control, training systems, avionics, security and support solutions to the African and international markets.


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Saab provides a broad range of world-leading products services and solutions within military defence and civil security to the Sub-Saharan/South African market. An impressive range of defence forces across the globe are using South African electronic warfare and avionics technology being designed and produced at Saab Grintek Defence facilities in South Africa. Saab also has business units and local employees in Cape Town, South Africa, in Gaborone, Botswana and in Nairobi, Kenya. Saab is a global company with operations and employees in about 35 countries around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.