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Biography PhotoDavid Singleton B.Sc.
Chief Executive Officer

David Singleton (B.Sc) was appointed Austal’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director on 4th April 2016.

As a Non-Executive Director of the Austal Board since 2011, David has drawn upon his highly relevant defence industry experience and business expertise to proactively contribute to the company’s success and growth.

David has held numerous senior roles with BAE Systems, one of the world’s largest defence companies, including Group Head of Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions in London from 1997 to 1998 and again in 2003.

In the intervening years, David was BAE’s Managing Director of Asset Management, before spending three years in Rome as the Chief Executive Officer of Alenia Marconi Systems (AMS); a joint venture between BAE Systems and Finmeccanica that had turnover of circa Euro1.4 billion and employed 7,500 people across the UK, Italy, the USA and Germany. AMS was a European leader of naval warfare and air defence systems, C4I, ground and naval radars, naval command and control training systems and long term naval support.

With an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College London, David started his career with the UK Ministry of Defence and worked in research, development and manufacturing as well as senior management roles in Royal Ordnance, which by then was part of BAE. He has also served as a member of the National Defence Industries Council in the UK, and as a Board member and Vice President (Defence) of Intellect, a leading trade association for the UK technology industry.

Most recently, David was the CEO and Managing Director of Perth-based mineral exploration company Poseidon Nickel Limited. Prior to this role, he served as CEO and Managing Director of Clough Limited between 2003 and 2007.

David Singleton (B.Sc) was appointed Austal’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director on 4th April 2016.