ASC has announced Stuart Whiley as its chief executive and managing director, after being interim CEO of the company since 2014.
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ASC chairman Bruce Carter welcomed the appointment and said that Whiley is one of the most experienced submarine industry executives in the nation.
"Stuart brings a deep understanding of what it takes to create and sustain sovereign naval industrial capabilities and the board and I are delighted that his leadership of the company will continue," Carter said.
"Over several years Stuart has led ASC’s team of highly skilled engineers, tradespeople and support staff to deliver organisation-wide innovation and performance improvements in the Collins Class Submarine Program."
During his time as interim CEO, ASC has transitioned to two-year full-cycle submarine dockings in South Australia, increased capability and capacity for short- and medium-term maintenance activities in Western Australia and significantly lifted productivity and efficiency across submarine operations.
"Submarine availability has dramatically increased, the Submarine Enterprise is moving beyond international benchmark performance and the Collins Class Submarine Program has been removed from the projects of concern list," Carter said.
Whiley has served ASC for 28 years, joining the company at the commencement of the Collins Class build program, and said he remains committed to achieving a “best-for-nation” approach to submarine construction and sustainment.
"I look forward to building upon the unique capability that ASC brings to Australia’s naval defence industry and making sure that Australia continues to have a sovereign submarine capability, supported by local industry, well into the future," Whiley said.
"As a company we are committed to building up the capability of the national workforce needed to support Australia’s operational submarines in the Collins Class fleet whilst preparing to support the future submarine program."
The appointment follows Jim Cuthill's ascension to acting CEO of ASC Shipbuilding, after Mark Lamarre stepped down to return to the United States late last year.
ASC said Whiley’s appointment does not impact the role of Jim Cuthill and his management of ASC’s shipbuilding business and operations will continue.