Executive Vice President 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.
Chief Executive Officer, Naval Group Australia
large commercial, operational and government defence programs with over 35 years in the industry.
Prior to joining Naval Group Austalia, John worked for Raytheon Australia, a major United States defence contractor and industrial corporation.
While working for Raytheon Australia, John was heavily involved in the successful Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Program. John worked in multiple roles across the Program including Alliance Combat System Director, General Manager Strategic Operations and Ship One Sea Trials Director. John was also a member of the AWD Alliance Executive Leadership team.
John has also previously worked for BMT, an international multidisciplinary engineering, science and technology consultancy as both a Marketing and Systems Director.
During his time overseas John worked in a number of positions for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence including Technical Design Manager/Deputy General Manager, Submarine Support Management Group.
John holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Defence Systems Engineering and is a member of a number of institutes including a fellow at the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.
John lives in Adelaide with his wife and has two grown children.
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.