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Richard V. Spencer


The Hon. Richard V. Spencer  was appointed Chairman of Austal Limited on 1st July 2024.

Richard was the 76th Secretary of the United States Navy, sworn into office in August 2017 and serving until November 2019. After graduating from Rollins College University, he served in the United States Marine Corps, as an H-46 (Phrog) pilot.

After leaving active duty, Richard began a successful career in finance, working on Wall Street for 16 years for companies such as Goldman Sachs, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, and Bear Stearns, before becoming President of Crossroads Investment Management LLC, and Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE-ICE) and later Managing Director of Fall Creek Management LLC. He also served on the Pentagon Defense Business Board advisory panel and the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel. 

Mr. Spencer is currently the Global Chairman of Bondi Partners, an advisory firm based in Australia offering strategic counsel to corporate and government clients; Managing Director of Pallas Ventures, which focuses on emerging commercial technologies that have applicability in the National Security arena; and is a member of the board of directors of the Global Atlantic Financial Group, Morpheus Space and Focused Energy. He is also a member of the Advisory Board to the US Innovation and Technology Fund.