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New Chair and Deputy Chair announced: Ai Group Defence Council

The Ai Group Defence Council National Executive has named its new Chair as Mr Andy Keough, Managing Director of Saab Australia.

Mr Chris Williams, Managing Director of Hi Fraser, has been appointed as the new Deputy Chair.

"We congratulate Mr Keough and Mr Williams on these important appointments," Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Innes Willox said today.

"Both Mr Keough and Mr Williams have a deep understanding of the defence industry and are well placed to lead the Ai Group Defence Council at this critical time for the Australian industry.

"We also thank Mr Ian Irving for his time as leader in the Defence Council Chair role. Ian has helped launch a range of important initiatives for the Defence Council, including leading the Defence and Industry CEO Roundtable on 1 August 2018. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ian for his time in the role and wish him all the best in his new endeavours.

"Mr Keough and Mr Williams are very well placed to lead the Ai Group Defence Council at a critical time for the Australian defence industry with the expansion of the sector and implementation of critical programs, including the Naval Shipbuilding Plan. It is also very pleasing to see a local SME company take a leadership role for the defence sector with the appointment of Mr Williams from Hi Fraser. The Ai Group Defence Council is leading a range of important initiatives for the defence sector, and Mr Keough and Mr Williams will have important parts to play in the continued growth of our industry," Mr Willox said.

The Ai Group Defence Council is the peak national representative body for the Australian defence industry, bringing Government, Defence and defence industry together for the benefit of Australia's national security and the growth and development of locally based defence industry.


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