SME expands defence team

A Brisbane-based SME has announced it has established a new expanded team to support the growth of its defence and government business sector.

NIOA, an arms supplier, has confirmed Patrick Whitty will take up the role of general manager, government business and will be responsible for all NIOA’s defence and law enforcement business, including the successful delivery of NIOA’s current major programs and the identification and development of new business areas for NIOA.

Matthew Cliff joins NIOA in the role of director, business development, leading NIOA’s business development and sales team. Cliff has worked across Defence and defence industry in various senior business development positions, which NIOA said will brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and a solid reputation to the role.

Charl Cromhout joins NIOA in the role of program manager defence and is based in Canberra. With a long and illustrious career in the South African and Australian defence forces, NIOA said Crombout brings his experience as a weapon systems specialist to bear on emerging Defence programs such as LAND 159 and LAND 4108.

Rudi Bekker has also been appointed to the role of director, programs and engineering for NIOA. Bekker has been with NIOA for more than two years in an engineering management role and will assume management of a team of professionals responsible for the delivery of NIOA’s major programs.

Managing director of NIOA Robert Nioa said the appointments are part of the company's significant restructure and expansion plans.

"We have restructured and significantly expanded our available resources to support current and near-term business opportunities as the company undertakes significant growth," Nioa said.

"We are excited about the opportunities on our horizon and believe we have developed a strong and focused team to achieve our goals."

NIOA recently announced it secured a contract to supply the New Zealand Defence Force with recoil operated semi-automatic Barrett M107A1's and MRAD weapon systems, further strengthening the existing relationship it has with New Zealand.

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