Defence Connect can today confirm the appointment of Air Vice-Marshal (Ret'd) Chris Deeble chief executive of Northrop Grumman Australia. Deeble replaces interim CEO Warren King, who will continue in his role as the chairman of Northrop Grumman Australia’s advisory board.
Northrop Grumman's chief executive and president, Kathy Warden, welcomed the the announcement, and welcomed Deeble to his new post, saying, "Chris’ extensive experience in leading complex programs and his deep understanding of acquisition and sustainment programs, organisational strategy and operational excellence will serve him well as he leads our continued growth and investment in Australia."
As a leading defence prime contractor, Northrop Grumman will continue to make investments in Australia to support local platform sustainment, supply chain opportunities, workforce development and more.
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Deeble worked for Airservices Australia as the program executive for OneSKY, responsible for delivering the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System for Australia.
Previously, Deeble served for 37 years in the Australian Defence Force, most notably as an Air Vice-Marshal leading some of Defence’s most complex programs. He oversaw multiple programs, such as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control, Multi Role Tanker Transport and the Navy Collins Class Submarine.
During his time as JSF program manager, Deeble led the program through its final development phase, drove Australian industry outcomes and established the principles for the JSF global support solution. His performance in leading these complex programs was recognised in 2016 with the Officer of the Order of Australia award.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernisation to customers worldwide.