BAE Systems Australia appoints new Chief Executive
Gabrielle (Gabby) Costigan, has been appointed as BAE Systems Australia’s next Chief Executive Officer, commencing with the Australian defence company on October 2, 2017 and assuming the role of CEO by March 2018 after a global transition program.
Ms Costigan was most recently CEO Asia, Linfox International Group, a major international logistics and supply chain group.
BAE Systems Australia Non-executive Chairman, Dr Ian Watt, said he was very pleased with the appointment of Ms Costigan to the Australian CEO role.
“Gabby has a wealth of experience gained from leadership roles in the corporate logistics and aviation sectors, and this is complemented by her deep experience in the military, including a 20-year career with the Australian Defence Force,” Dr Watt said.
“BAE Systems has been in Australia for over 60 years and the country continues to be a key growth market for the Group. Gabby is ideally suited to lead BAE Systems Australia as we continue to strengthen our contribution to protecting the nation, while playing a leading role in supporting Australia’s transition to a high technology economy.
“Gabby will bring fresh insight and a proven track record in the private sector where she has successfully cemented long-term relationships with a diverse range of customers to deliver growth for shareholders.
“As the company seeks to build upon its success in delivering technology-led solutions to the Australian Government across air, land, sea and electronic domains, Gabby’s understanding of the Australian Defence Force’s needs and her breadth of relationships in the sector, positions BAE Systems Australia well for success.
“I am also delighted that in the appointment of Gabby to the role of Chief Executive Officer, BAE Systems Australia will be appointing its first female CEO.”
BAE Systems Australia’s current Chief Executive Officer, Glynn Phillips will work with Ms Costigan to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities ahead of his return to the UK where he will take up a new senior role within the company.
Dr Watt complemented Mr Phillips on his contribution to the Australian business since his appointment to the role of Chief Executive in 2015.
“Glynn has made a very significant contribution to the Company’s performance in Australia having driven a strategy that has delivered the defence and security solutions the nation needs today, while working with the Australian Government to ensure we are well positioned to help it deliver the sovereign capability it will need over the decades to come. Glynn leaves a strong legacy for Gabby to build on.”