Australia’s UBH Group has bolstered its leadership team, welcoming one of Australia’s most decorated military officers and leading cyber and national security experts as a strategic advisor as the company accelerates its next phase of growth.

Brigadier (retired) Ian Langford is an Australian Defence Force star-ranked officer receiving three Distinguished Services Crosses before concluding his career as Head of Land Capability. He has a PhD in philosophy, attended Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, recently graduated from Australian Institute of Company Directors and has taken an Associate Professorship with UNSW.

UBH Group is a veteran-owned and sovereign Australian company providing Information Domain services to Government and Defence. Since its inception in 2020 the company has grown rapidly, with a team of 31 information domain professionals recruited with extensive Defence force backgrounds. The company saw a 37% increase in revenue from FY22 to 23 and a 100% increase in orders during the period. It also doubled its staffing numbers in that time.

Langford has had a long association with UBH Group and said he was looking forward to guiding the company as it continued to unlock the latent and emerging capabilities of strategic importance across the Information Domain. “For me, joining UBH at this time is like being on the frontlines of a digital battlefield, defending critical information and protecting the sovereignty of nations,” he said. “The key in battle is to be quicker than your adversary and it applies in this sector too. Organisations like UBH are a critical part of how Australia will achieve its strategic defence objectives in the years to come. I’m thrilled to be joining a team that is at the forefront of cutting edge technology and strategy to counter evolving cyber threats.”

UBH Group Co-founder and CEO Jeff Batten said the company was founded to unlock Australia’s technological competitive advantage while supporting veterans. “The majority of our employees are veterans from the Australian Defence Force, as well as the UK and even US backgrounds, and are provided flexible working arrangements that enable them to contribute meaningfully as part of the Total Workforce System,” he said. “We are thrilled to formally welcome Ian as a strategic advisor at UBH. His reputation and insight into the issues Australia will face in the modern Defence environment is an invaluable asset.”

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