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Navantia Australia chair steps down

Navantia Australia chair steps down

The shipbuilding firm has announced the retirement of its chairman. 

The shipbuilding firm has announced the retirement of its chairman. 

The board of Navantia Australia has announced the retirement of its chair, Warren King AM, effective from 31 December 2020.

King has served as chair for over three years, having been appointed in September 2017.


Navantia SA SME chairwoman Belen Gualda thanked King for his service, adding he has prepared Navantia Australia for future growth. 

“Warren’s contribution and commitment to Navantia Australia has been hugely beneficial in assisting Navantia Australia in the task of establishing ourselves as a strong sovereign naval design and sustainment company to support the Australian Defence Force," she said.

"We wish Warren the very best for his retirement." 

Reflecting on his time as chair, King said he was proud of his accomplishments.

“Since its establishment in 2012, Navantia Australia has been part of Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding and sustainment program," he said. 

"The signing of the Strategic Agreement Principles with the Commonwealth of Australia in 2020 represented a significant milestone in the development of sovereign capability of Navantia Australia.

Navantia Australia has grown to become a key defence industry partner for the Commonwealth of Australia. I take pride in having played a role in this growth and the company’s continued success.”

King joined Navantia in 2017 after retiring from the Defence Materiel Organisation as chief executive, where he oversaw a range of programs, including the Hobart Class destroyers, Collins Class Coles Review, and Remediation of Projects of Concern.

The now former Navantia chair previously served in the Royal Australian Navy and held a number of senior executive roles for a number of SMEs and US multinational corporations. 

Navantia is yet to announce King's replacement as chair. 

[Related: Navantia delivers first Supply Class vessel to Navy]

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