Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

Xtek CEO on lessons learnt from Quickstep directorship

xtek ceo on lessons learnt from quickstep directorship

Xtek chief executive Philippe Odouard has identified some key learnings he gleaned during his tenure as executive director of Quickstep – an Australian components supplier for the international F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program.

Xtek chief executive Philippe Odouard has identified some key learnings he gleaned during his tenure as executive director of Quickstep – an Australian components supplier for the international F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program.

Prior to Xtek, Odouard served nearly years as managing director at Quickstep during which he built up a keen insight into the ins and outs of connecting with US defence players within the global supply chain.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Odouard said that even smaller outfits could well prove highly successful when venturing further into the global or US-centric defence market.

"As long as you do your job properly and you're professional in the way you approach things, and [are] daring to go and talk to these people," he said.

"Lots of small organisations are not; they don't understand how big business works, and if you want the large contracts, typically you have to go to big business or other defence organisations."

SPONSORED CONTENT

 

Odouard said it was crucial for Australian defence companies to be able to understand how their US counterparts worked and what they themselves could bring.

"It's not that complex, but if you don't know how to do it, it looks overwhelming," he added.

Recently, Odouard's former employer Quickstep Holdings completed a $10 million capital expansion of its aerospace manufacturing facilities in Bankstown, an expansion that includes a capital investment program for ongoing Joint Strike Fighter production.

 

Xtek CEO on lessons learnt from Quickstep directorship
Philippe-O-Xtek.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

more from defence connect

Jul 9 2020
Calls to couple force review with soft power rethink
The recent announcement of a $270 billion injection into defence infrastructure poses a unique set o...
Jul 9 2020
Resilience and security aren’t the same, but there is an overlap
With the conversation about Australia’s national resilience continuing to grow, identifying and pl...
FROM THE WEB
Recommended by Spike Native Network