CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
DIRECTOR OF COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS
Managed All Facets of Business to Optimise its Commercial Success & Reputation
Chief Executive Officer with an outstanding track record of commercial success in the aerospace industry and aerospace insurance and an exceptional national and international reputation in this sector. Have created a new aerospace division within a major insurer, managed the commercial operations of a major project to create a world-first commercial service in the aerospace sector, developed and implemented strategies to grow businesses, penetrate international markets, obtain funding from private sector investors and governments and have been instrumental in furthering the aerospace industry in Australia. With advanced negotiation and influencing skills and the ability to forge and sustain strong relationships to engender trust and confidence have played a pivotal role in securing and progressing numerous opportunities to achieve outstanding outcomes under challenging circumstances. Founder and Chairman for 16 years of the Australian Space Industry Chamber of Commerce. Global Chairman of the National Space Society succeeding Apollo XI astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
AsiaPacific Aerospace Consultants
Space & aerospace management consulting practice serving a global client base.
Since April 2002
AsiaPacific Space Centre
Australian based satellite launch service.
February 2000 – March 2002
Division of the GIO Australia Group providing space insurance underwriting.
September 1998 – November 1999
October 1989 – September 1998
Ernst & Young
March 1988 – October 1989
Ernst & Whinney
February 1987 – March 1988
SELECTED CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Industry Thought Leader: Instigated the creation of the Australian Space Industry Chamber of Commerce and served as its Founding Chairman for 16 years. Included interacting with numerous Federal and State Government agencies in fostering industry growth and working with Government agencies to secure essential regulatory frameworks and support. Global Chairman of the National Space Society succeeding Apollo XI astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Global Business Builder: Transformed a $2m per year line of business at GIO Australia into a $175m a year business. Oversaw the establishment of this business as a separate division and built it into one of the top ten businesses of its type globally.
Complex Project Management: Led the commercial operations of a several hundred million dollar project to develop major infrastructure and create a world first commercial service at the Asia Pacific Space Centre. Led the preparation of an Information Memorandum to raise $300m and worked with international financiers and brokers to secure strategic partners and investors. Led the risk management program and regulatory compliance for the entire project from technology and export controls to environmental and treaty compliance.
Strategy Development: As Managing Director of Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants have worked with clients from the US, Asia and Europe to develop strategies for international business growth, market penetration, partner identification, business structuring, feasibility studies and securing financial support. Successfully assisted a Canadian business secure government funding and establish operations in Australia.
EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS
AsiaPacific Aerospace Consultants since April 2002
The firm advises the aerospace industry globally focusing on finance, insurance, risk management, commercial satellite operations, market analysis, business plan development, project management and launch services. Recent projects have included a satellite launch market analysis, a feasibility study for an Australian spaceport, satellite valuation and an evaluation of the regional applications for a new satellite based service. As Managing Director, worked as Principal Consultant on the firm’s major projects and managed all facets of the business to optimise its commercial success and reputation.
Director of Commercial Operations
AsiaPacific Space Centre February 2000 – March 2002
The Asia Pacific Space Centre was a venture to establish an Australian-based satellite launch service using existing Russian satellite launch vehicle technology. Included establishing multi-million dollar satellite launch facility infrastructure on Christmas Island; involved complex regulatory and international factors given the sensitive nature of the Russian technology and environmental issues concerning the development site.
Played a pivotal role in all commercial aspects of the business and project development efforts which included responsibility for all aspects of the commercial operations of a launch service and launch facility. A key task was leading the preparation of an Information Memorandum to obtain $3o0m for the project. Also undertook the risk management for the venture which included managing the insurance requirements for the business and its launch customers and organising technical briefings for all major space insurance underwriters.
By devising innovative approaches to address some of the perceived risks, secured letters of intent with customers even though the launch facility had not been constructed and the launch vehicle had not been developed.
GIO Space September 1998 – November 1999
GIO Space provided space insurance underwriting services insuring the technical and program risks associated with satellite launch and operations and became one of the ten largest space insurance underwriting businesses globally.
Appointed to establish this business as a stand alone entity within the GIO Australia Group; having developed the business from a $2m a year business to a $175m a year operation. Fully accountable for all aspects of the business which included managing a technical underwriting team, business development, claims management, legal requirements, human resources management, shareholder liaison and actuarial analysis.
BOARD APPOINTMENTS & MEMBERSHIPS
Chairman, National Space Society (Washington DC)
Chairman, National Space Society of Australia
Nominator & Judge, World Technology Awards - 'Space' Category
Immediate Past Chairman (and Founder), Australian Space Industry Chamber of Commerce
Member, Board of Directors, Space Literacy Foundation (Florida)
Member, Board of Trustees, Aqua Terra Foundation (Florida)
Senior Associate, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Foundation Member, World Technology Network
Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Bachelor of Law
Universityof NSW, 1986
Bachelor of Commerce
Accounting & Financial Management
Universityof NSW, 1986
Former Chief Underwriter, GIO Reinsurance
Former Partner and Director
Ernst & Young
Executive Vice President
Former NSW Government Minister
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