Greg has been a key member of Nova Group’s senior management team as chief operating officer since 2009 and will take over from Jim Whalley, who co-founded the Australian-owned professional services firm with Peter Nikoloff in 2000.
Nova Group acts as the parent company for professional services provider Nova Systems, civil aerospace engineering firm GVH Aerospace and integrated communications specialists Auspace.
Announcing the appointment, Jim Whalley said he was delighted the board had appointed Greg Hume as CEO.
“Greg and I have been working together since the early days of Nova and I believe he is not only my natural successor, but an outstanding one at that," said Whalley.
“Greg is uniquely positioned for this role. He clearly understands the Australian defence market and has a total commitment to our clients’ success by maintaining a passion for Nova’s core values and strong culture.
“Nova has grown rapidly over the past 15 years to be among the most successful and, I believe, admired Australian owned and operated professional services firms. That success for the most part, has been due to the leadership, effort and hard work of many others, including Greg.”
As Nova Group CEO, Hume also takes over the role from Whalley as Australia/New Zealand CEO for Nova Systems. Whalley will remain as chairman of the Nova board, and will continue to work within the firm on international expansion and as a project test pilot.
Reflecting on his appointment, Hume said his selection by Jim and the board to lead this amazing team and position the group for future growth was an exciting honour.
“The firm is in a good position for global expansion – already with operations in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK – and we will look to consolidate in these regional centres allowing us to grow strongly and contribute to solving current and future clients’ complex capability assurance problems,” Hume said.
“I believe the innovative way we deliver our capabilities and the talent and experience of our consultants is key to our future successes.”
Greg Hume joined Nova in 2003 after 20 years with the Royal Australian Air Force.
A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, Greg is a qualified Flight Test Engineer and has over 25 years’ experience in aerospace test and evaluation, airworthiness certification, project management and systems engineering.