Naval Group Australia appoints Chief Executive Officer

Naval Group Australia’s Board of Directors has appointed John Davis as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Future Submarine Program Director effective 1 July 2018.

As CEO, Mr John Davis will lead Naval Group Australia through the ongoing delivery of the Future Submarine Program. This includes the design and build of 12 regionally superior submarines for the Royal Australian Navy and the design of a new submarine shipyard at the Osborne Naval Shipbuilding precinct in South Australia.

John has worked within the Defence industry, both here in Australia and in the United Kingdom, for over 30 years. John has worked for Raytheon Australia, the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance, BMT Defence Services and the UK Ministry for Defence and brings a wealth of experience to the organisation around the planning and execution of complex Defence projects.

“After a comprehensive search process, the Board is delighted John has agreed to lead Naval Group Australia into its next stage of growth,” said Jean-Michel Billig, Executive Vice President Future Submarine Program, Naval Group.

“John has a track record of strong leadership and this, combined with his deep industry knowledge and strong customer focus, makes him uniquely qualified to lead the organisation successfully into the future.

“Naval Group continues to be proud of its selection as Australia’s international partner for the design and build of 12 regionally superior submarines for the Royal Australian Navy,” said Billig.

The Program is represented on Naval Group’s Global Executive Committee by Mr Billig, demonstrating the importance of the Program to the organisation.

Brent Clark, who has served as interim CEO of Naval Group Australia, will transition into the role of Special Advisor to the Chairman. Jean-Michel Billig will perform the roles and duties of the CEO until 1 July.

Since being selected as Australia’s international partner in April 2016, Naval Group has achieved some significant industry and Program milestones including:

  • the signing of the Design Services Subcontract (DSSC) with local engineering company, KBR, to assist with the concept design of the proposed Future Submarine (SEA1000) construction yard at the Osborne Naval Shipbuilding precinct in South Australia;
  • the completion of the first stage of the Future Submarine’s design (known as the functional analysis), establishing the initial sizing of the Future Submarine to meet key capability requirements;
  • engagement with 813 Australian companies via the Industry Capability Network (ICN) in regards to how they can become involved in the Future Submarine Program; and
  • the placement of the first group of Australian engineers over in France to undertake specific design training for Australia’s Future Submarine. The milestone is an important step in the Transfer of Technology from France to Australia to establish submarine sovereignty.

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