CEO – Private Defence High Tech Manufacturer

CEO – Private Defence High Tech Manufacturer


One of Australia’s most innovative, understated and privately held manufacturing businesses engaged ADAPT to appoint their Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reporting to the Chairman.

This organisation has developed innovative technology which supports the Australian Government defence intelligence units to ensure both safety and that terrorism threats are monitored and managed effectively. As a $300m revenue group, with over 300 staff, the current CEO was retiring from the business after ten years in the post and therefore it was important for the group to appoint a highly efficient and credible replacement.


Operating in both a highly regulated and sensitive security environment, our process covered a global executive search campaign which focused on executives in North America, Western Europe and Australia. Proven experience leading, developing and growing complex and innovative manufacturing organisations was a key requirement. In addition, a knowledge base in defence or security coupled with proven deep relationships was sought.


Post an eight-week accelerated global search process, a detailed cross border shortlist was presented to the board of directors. It was commented that the diverse range of skill set and behaviours evident on this shortlist was a clear differentiator compared to other previous search firms. We challenged the board’s thinking which was required and respected.

ADAPT Human Performance Series - Judy Murray & Leon Smith
date_range Friday 24 January 2020

ADAPT Human Performance Forum #7
Keynote Speakers: Judy Murray, OBE and Leon Smith, OBE

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Judy Murray & Leon Smith

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