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New Head of Market Area North America

Saab has appointed Erik Smith as the new head of the Market Area North America, effective from the 1 October 2018.  


Erik Smith, currently President and CEO of SDAS (Saab Defense and Security USA LLC), will also assume the position as Head of Market Area North America in addition to his current role.  In this expanded role, Erik will be the senior Saab executive in North America, responsible for local market leadership in the U.S. and Canada.

Erik has over 18 years of Aerospace and Defense industry experience across a broad cross-section of the marketplace.  Since joining Saab in 2007, he has held multiple positions of increasing responsibility within the company’s Marketing and Sales, Contract, and Program Management organizations.

Our defense offerings in the North American region span the entire Saab product portfolio; including high-tech solutions such as the Gripen fighter, Unmanned Vehicles, Command and Control systems, Radar and Sensors, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Airborne Early Warning (AEW) Platforms and Systems, Tactical Weapons and Missile Systems, Training Solutions as Signature Management.

In the commercial aerospace segment Saab provides aerostructures manufacturing, avionics systems, and comprehensive traffic management solutions in the aviation and marine markets as well as support and services for the regional airline market.

Based in Syracuse, New York, Saab Defense and Security USA focuses primarily on the U.S. Market and customer base.

From its headquarters in Ottawa, Saab Canada, Inc. supports the Canadian Armed Forces and Government customer.

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Saab Press Center,

+46 (0)734 180 018

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Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defense and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. 


27 September 2019