Thales Australia appoints Belinda Hutchinson AM as new Board Chair
Thales Australia has appointed Belinda Hutchinson AM, one of the country’s most experienced non-executive directors, as Board Chair.
Ms Hutchinson brings a wealth of high-level commercial experience to Thales Australia at a time of civil market growth following a series of major contract wins.
Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said: “We are both pleased and excited that Ms Hutchinson has agreed to join our Board. She is a leader in education and has a commitment to the development of science, technology, engineering and maths careers for the next generation of Australians. Belinda brings to Thales her vast experience and a distinguished career that has already served this country well, and will continue to do so.”
Ms Hutchinson said: “As an advanced manufacturer and service provider, Thales is actively contributing to Australia’s development as a knowledge and technology-based economy, so I am excited by my new role as Chair.”
“Thales has a successful track record of investing in innovative, safe and reliable products and services for critical infrastructure such as air traffic management, ground transportation and security, and has a long and trusted record of support to the Australian Defence Force.”
Ms Hutchinson is Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Chair of Future Generation Global Investment Company and a non-executive director of AGL Energy and Australian Philanthropic Services. She was also previously Chairman of QBE Insurance Group, as well as a director of Telstra, Coles Myer, TAB, Energy Australia, St Vincent’s Health Australia and the Crane Group.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €13 billion in 2014. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.
Thales Australia is a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management and ground transport systems to security systems and services. Employing around 3,200 people in over 35 sites across the country, Thales Australia recorded revenues of AUD 1 billion in 2014.