<!-- Deleted image removed: -->Richard Lake Olver (born 2 January 1947) is Chairman of BAE Systems, the world's largest defence contractor.
Following his studies at City University where he gained a degree in civil engineering, he joined BP in 1973. He became Managing Director of BP Gas Europe in 1988, and CEO of BP Exploration in 1998.
Olver joined the company in the role of non-executive chairman on July 1, 2004. He replaces Sir Richard Evans, who had served with BAE Systems and its predecessor companies for over 30 years. Olver previously held the role of deputy chief-executive at BP, which he had joined in 1973.