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Naval Group Australia appoints a new Board Director

Naval Group Australia has appointed the former Chief of the Australian Army as Independent Board Director.

Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie AC, DSC, CSM, who commenced the role in June 2019, will play a pivotal role in the governance of Naval Group Australia, a subsidiary of French shipbuilding company Naval Group. The Independent Director is charged with the effective oversight of Naval Group Australia and its strategy through his strong participation in Board and committee meetings, monitoring and addressing company risks, building strong partnerships and reviewing the company’s financial position. The role will also have a significant influence on the overview of the Future Submarine Program.

John Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Naval Group Australia said that prior to the appointment, Lt Gen Gillespie had shown excellence in strategic planning, engagement and implementation skills in demanding high command appointments.

“Lt Gen Gillespie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him to Naval Group Australia and the Future Submarine Program, which, in partnership with the Commonwealth of Australia, will help ensure we deliver on our commitments to the Australian Government”, said Mr Davis.

Lt Gen Gillespie retired from the Australian Army in 2011 after 43 years of service. His military career started as a tradesman soldier and culminated with him commanding the Army – a 46,000 person organisation with an annual operating budget of approximately $6 billion.

Lt Gen Gillespie said there has never been a more important, or exciting time, to support the growth of Australia’s shipbuilding industry.

“Naval Group is implementing The Program of a lifetime; one that will span decades and keep our country safe and deliver sovereign capabilities,” said Lt Gen Gillespie.

Source: Naval Group Australia

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