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AUSTAL APPOINTS NEW COO FOR AUSTRALASIA

Monday, September 21, 2020 

Austal Limited has announced that Ian McMillan has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Austal Australia, effective 1 January 2021, following the transition by Patrick Gregg to CEO and MD in the new year.

Austal’s COO will be based in Henderson, Western Australia and will have responsibility for Australia, Philippines and Vietnam shipbuilding and sustainment operations, as well as management of Austal’s interests in the Aulong commercial shipbuilding joint-venture in China.

McMillan joins Austal from BAE Systems Australia, where he has held several senior executive roles since 2013, including Director of Shipbuilding and General Manager, Shipyards Western Australia. In his most recent role as Director, Maritime Sustainment, he was responsible for leading BAE Systems Australia’s national sustainment business comprising more than 1,000 employees across five locations around Australia, supporting multiple vessel classes for the Royal Australian Navy.

CEO-Designate Gregg said: “I am very much looking forward to working with Ian to further develop Austal’s Australasian operations and maximise the opportunities ahead – in both defence and commercial shipbuilding and sustainment. Ian’s experience in winning and delivering major defence contracts and operating effective, efficient shipyards and sustainment operations will undoubtedly help us grow our business and achieve even greater returns on our strategic investments throughout the region.”

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