Thales Australia appoints new Vice President Strategy
Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins today announced the appointment of Gary Dawson as Vice President Strategy, with additional responsibility for external affairs and communications.
Mr Jenkins said he was delighted to be welcoming Gary back to Thales Australia in a senior Canberra-based role.
“Gary has significant experience in corporate affairs, media, politics and strategy at the highest levels, and will build closer links between our strategic priorities and how these are developed and communicated. He will also serve on our Advisory Board.
“His appointment significantly boosts our presence in Canberra at a time when Thales Australia is working with Federal and State governments to support the growth of advanced manufacturing in Australia.”
Currently CEO of the Australian Food & Grocery Council, Gary has spent the past five years successfully representing the $125 billion food and grocery processing sector.
From 2008 to 2012, he worked for Thales Australia as Vice President Communications, where he was a key figure in establishing the Hawkei vehicle’s position in the LAND 121 Phase 4 program, and also provided high-level leadership on many other important issues.
Before his first period at Thales, Gary managed strategy and communications at the ABC. He also spent five years as a Senior Advisor to Prime Minister John Howard, covering both media and policy, and four years as an Advisor to ACT Chief Minister Kate Carnell.
“Gary will strengthen the leadership team of Thales at an exciting time for the company as we increase our investment in R&D and industrial capability, and drive export growth,” Mr Jenkins added.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14 billion in 2015. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.
Thales in Australia is a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management and ground transport systems to security systems and services. Employing around 3,200 people, Thales in Australia recorded revenues of more than AUD 1 billion in 2015.