Tim Paynter
Tim Paynter

Tim Paynter, who was VP-communications at Northrop Grumman, is now VP-external communications at BAE Systems electronics/defense contractor.

After a ten-year stint as chief journalist for the US Navy, Paytner joined Northrop Grumman in 2005 and exited in 2008 for a senior manager-corporate communications post at EAD North America, which is now Airbus Group.

He returned to Northrop Grumman in 2012 as director of communications and was upped to VP in 2017, to succeed the retiring Randy Belote.

More than 30K of UK-based BAE’s 86K employees are based in the US. Paytner is stationed in its Falls Church, VA outpost.

Caitlin Hayden, a former Edelman executive VP, is BAE’s senior VP-communications.

BAE also has appointed Shelly O’Neill Stoneman, senior VP-government relations, effective April 17.

Stoneman, who served as special assistant to three defense secretaries during the Obama administration, currently is VP-executive brand and international government relations.

In that role, Stoneman is BAE’s primary liaison to the Pentagon, State Dept., White House and intelligence community.