Wadham alumnus to head Rolls Royce

24th April 2015

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Warren East (1980, Engineering), Chair of Wadham’s Development Council, has been appointed the new CEO of Rolls Royce.

Warren takes up the reins of the engineering giant in July 2015, taking over from retiring CEO, John Rishton.

Warren became Chair of Wadham’s Development Council in December 2013 to help advance the plans for the next phase in the College’s development, succeeding Anthony Preston (1974, Modern Languages).

A visionary leader of ARM Holdings for more than a decade, Warren retired in July 2013 to focus on a significant portfolio of non-executive roles, including board membership of Rolls Royce, BT, and Dyson.
Warren helped build ARM, the Cambridge based chip designer, into one of the world's most successful tech companies. Chips made by ARM power the vast majority of smartphones and tablets on the market. He also worked on the expansion of ARM into the computer server market. He  was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours list, for services to the Technology Industry.

The Financial Times describes the Rolls Royce job as: “one of the trickiest jobs in British Industry - reviving the fortunes of Rolls-Royce, a company which symbolises British manufacturing prowess but which has been hit by a string of profit warnings and questions over its strategy.”

In a statement issued by Rolls Royce Warren East said: “I am delighted to be appointed as Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce. It is well positioned in growth markets, with world class engineering skills and a proud record of innovation and delivery. I have a strong desire to return to an executive position with the energy and enthusiasm a role like this demands. The markets which Rolls-Royce serves and the technology it deploys are fascinating. This is a wonderful opportunity and I am very much looking forward to leading this remarkable company.”

For more than a hundred years Rolls Royce has been providing power for aircraft, ships and land applications. The company is best known for its aero engines that power many of the world’s most advanced passenger jets, like the new Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Rolls Royce produces low–emission power systems for ships and powers a wide array of land vehicles: ranging from trains to combine harvesters, building engines that can generate electricity. Around half of Rolls Royce revenues come from servicing the power systems it delivers.

  • Warren East (1980, Engineering)

    Warren East (1980, Engineering)