Gates joins Elbit following a series of high profile appointments in the defence industry and national security sector, following a distinguished career in the Royal Australian Navy.
Gates served in the RAN for 37 years, retiring in 2008 as a Rear Admiral. A seaman officer, his sea service culminated with the command of two guided missile frigates. His flag officer (two-star) appointments include the inaugural Commander of the Australian Defence College, Maritime Commander Australia (including operational service during the 2003 Iraq war), and defence attaché and head Australian defence staff (Washington, DC).
He was the CEO of the Kokoda Foundation and a private consultant. Most notably, Gates was the chief executive of Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand from 2011 until 2017. He also had mentoring/coaching roles in Leadership and Strategic studies at the Australian Defence College. He holds a number of pro-bono director positions: NSW Centenary of Anzac Advisory Council, University of NSW Canberra Advisory Council and University of Adelaide Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics.
Raydon has been awarded a master's degree in business administration (Monash), a graduate diploma in strategic studies and a diploma of company directorship. He is a graduate of a number of strategic leadership management programs from Mt Eliza (Victoria) Management College, Australian Graduate School of Management, Oxford University and Harvard University.
His honours and awards include his appointment as an Officer in the Order of Australia, the Conspicuous Service Medal, the United States’ Legion of Merit and the French Order of Maritime Merit. He has also been appointed as a Honorary Fellow of Monash University.
Gates is also currently serving as non-executive director for the QinetiQ Australia board of directors, which he was appointed to earlier this year.
Elbit Systems of Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd, which is quoted on the Nasdaq and Tel Aviv stock exchanges (ESLT). Elbit Systems Ltd is an international high-technology company developing and supplying a wide range of land, airborne and naval systems with defence, homeland security and commercial applications.
Elbit Systems of Australia was incorporated in 2010 and now employs 180 staff across three offices in Australia. It brings the high-technology products and support services of Elbit Systems Ltd to the Australian defence and commercial sectors, including simulation, training and aviation