Shipbuilder Austal announced on Wednesday (3 June) that it is promoting its current chief operating officer, Patrick Gregg, to be the company’s next CEO starting in 2021 when current CEO David Singleton will step down. John Rothwell, chairman of Austal, made the announcement and the company said in a statement that “Gregg possesses significant project management, manufacturing and business experience acquired within the high technology nuclear defence industry, rail industry and naval shipbuilding industry, including at BAE systems where he was project director for the second of class hunter-killer nuclear submarine build.

Patrick Gregg (far right) will be Austal’s new CEO starting in 2021. (PHOTO: Austal)

Singleton will have completed nine years as a director including five years as CEO when he completes his term with Austal at the end of this calendar year. He will continue to work closely with Gregg for the next six months to ensure an efficient handover.

“Our shipyards in Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam and China are working incredibly efficiently while producing quality defence and commercial vessels,” Rothwell said. “That is a reflection of Paddy’s drive, commitment and ability to engender similar characteristics  from his employees. Those skills and personal qualities made him an ideal choice to take over from David at the end of the year.”


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