Executive Director Australia Future Submarine program, Naval Group
Renault Group (Renault, Dacia, Samsung) as Executive Vice President Engineering and Quality and was a member of the executive committee.
Prior to that, he spent most of his career in the EADS Group, now known as Airbus. From 2009 to 2012, he was responsible for the technical management of Eurocopter, which later became Airbus Helicopters, and was a member of the executive committee.
In 2007, he was appointed Director of Systems Engineering at Airbus. Previously, and over a period of five years, from 2003 to 2007, he was appointed director at Airbus Military on behalf of France for the European A400M multipurpose military transport aircraft programme.
Jean-Michel started his career in 1988 at the then Aerospatiale (now Airbus Group) in several project-management functions working on programmes such as the Franco-German Tigre attack helicopter.
Jean-Michel Billig was born in 1963 and is a graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris. He is also Commander in the French Naval Reserve.
Vice President, International Industrial Development, Naval Group
Naval Group overseas subsidiaries and branches, including Naval Group in Australia. He is part of SEA 1000 management team, in charge of AIIP (Australian Industrial Involvement Participation).
Prior to this, Antoine was Commercial Director for India, Asia and Pacific in the International Sales & Marketing Directorate of Armaris/Naval Group from 2002 to 2015; his major sales campaign and secured contracts cover India
(Submarines), Malaysia (Submarines and Frigates) and Australia (SEA 1000).
From 1993 to 2002 Antoine was employed in Aérospatiale Missiles (became
MBDA in 2000) as the Sales and Strategic Development Director for India Asia Pacific region. Portfolio of missiles activities covered anti-tank, anti-ship (Exocet) and Air Defence (Aster) with major sales and partnership achievements in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia. His career started in 1983 in CSEE (now named CS Defence & Communications) until 1993; he covered several positions as a contract manager in Railway Signaling activities as well as in Naval Defence, before taking over as area sales manager for Europe and Asia with major projects in Taiwan and Korea. Antoine holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He was born in 1960 and is happily married with two sons.
Chief Executive Officer & Australian Program Director, Naval Group Australia
project management to executive management in small, medium and large Defence companies including BAE Systems Australia, Thales Australia, SAAB Systems and Sonartech Atlas.
Prior to being appointed as CEO in March 2016, Brent was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Director for Strategy and Communications and Human Resources (HR) at Naval Group Australia. In his role as COO, Brent was responsible for managing Naval Group’s relationships with the Department of Defence and State and Federal Government officials. Brent also acted as the spokesperson for the organisation and liaised regularly with Australian trade and daily media and presented on behalf of Naval Group at external conferences and industry briefings.
Prior to joining Naval Group, Brent worked for the largest defence contractor in Australia, BAE Systems, as the Head of Business Development, Strategy and Communications, Maritime. In this role, Brent was responsible for the Maritime Business Unit (BU), a BU made up of over 1,500 employees with an annual turnover of AUD$560M. Brent was responsible for delivering a variety of programs including; AUD$100M Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) Training Package; AUD$270M Anzac Class ASMD Modification; AUD$100M LHD Initial in-service Support package; AUD$50M Commercial Oil & Gas work; and AUD$30M Commercial Ship repair work.
Prior to BAE Systems, Brent was the Vice President, Thales Naval Business Group for Thales Australia. In this role, Brent was responsible for the Thales Australia Naval Business Group which had an annual turnover of AUD$270M and over 900 employees.
Brent has also worked for SAAB Systems and Sonartech Atlas.
Prior to joining the private sector, Brent served in the Royal Australian Navy for 11 years on HMA Submarine Onslow, NUSHIP Farncomb, HMAS Ovens and HMAS Otway.
Brent is a graduate of Queensland University and holds a Masters of Business Administration. Brent has four daughters.
Independent Board Director, Naval Group Australia
David retired as Managing Director of Rio Tinto Australia in October 2014 after 27 years with Rio Tinto.
During the career with Rio Tinto, David worked across a range of disciplines including Strategy and Planning, Industrial Relations, Operations, Sales and Marketing, Business Improvement, Shipping and Policy. David worked in many parts of Australia and across most of the Company’s commodity suites. His Rio Tinto career also saw him live in Singapore, Los Angeles and London. He travelled extensively with Rio Tinto and has done business in most parts of the world.
David is also a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Foundation Investment Company and the Melbourne Business School. He chaired Minister of Defence’s First Principles Review of Defence and following the acceptance of the review by Government now chairs the Oversight Board which helps guide implementation of the Review’s recommendations. David is also a Non-Executive Director of Stars Foundation, a not for profit body which promotes education of Indigenous girls, and the Foreign Investment Review Board.
David played first grade cricket for Eastern Suburbs District Cricket Club.
David and his wife Christine have been married for 37 years. They have two adult daughters and one granddaughter.
Independent Board Director, Naval Group Australia
from March 2009 until July 2012. Prior to taking up that appointment, Mr O’Sullivan was Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) from 2005 until 28 February 2009. He was concurrently a Commissioner of the National Crime Commission. In 2004 and 2005, Mr O’Sullivan was the Senior Adviser (International) in the office of the Prime Minister (The Hon John Howard MP).
Mr O’Sullivan served overseas as Australia’s Ambassador in Bonn and Berlin (1999-2003), Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington (1996-98) and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, accredited in Geneva and New York (1991-94). Mr O’Sullivan has also served in the Australian Embassies in Rome and Cairo. He was Australian Commissioner-General for the 2000 World Expo held in Hanover.
In Canberra, Mr O’Sullivan has held a range of senior positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade including Acting Secretary (2002-2003), Deputy Secretary (2003-2004), First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (1995-96) and First Assistant Secretary, Americas and Europe Division (1994-95).
Mr O’Sullivan was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2010 Honours List, for service to public administration through significant contributions to the advancement of Australia’s security and the development of international relations. In 2012, he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for service to Trans-Tasman relations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from the University of Sydney. Mr O’Sullivan is married and he and his wife, Merrilyn, have three sons.
Frank Le Rebeller
Deputy Managing Director Finance, Legal and Procurement, Naval Group
in MBDA, Airbus and has further industrial experience in both Europe and the United States.
In these functions, he actually contributed to the consolidation of the Aeronautic and Defense Industry and was a Board Director of a number of subsidiaries and joint ventures in France and abroad.
He started his carrier in audit with Deloitte & Touche.
He graduated from Institute d’Etudes Politiques, has a degree in private law as well as Master Degree in Business Administration. He has been nominated Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.