BAE Systems Australia has appointed Craig Lockhart to the position of Managing Director of ASC Shipbuilding, to replace Nigel Stewart who will return to the UK, effective from June 3.
Taken on last year as a subsidiary of BAE for the duration of the Hunter class frigate program, ASC Shipbuilding will be responsible for the construction and delivery of the nine vessels for the RAN
Mr Lockhart will report to BAE System Australia CEO, Gabby Costigan, and comes to ASC Shipbuilding from Babcock in the UK where he was Managing Director of Naval Marine, and before that as CEO of Babcock Australia
“Having held leadership positions within the surface ship, submarine and conventional and nuclear power sectors across a long and expansive career, Craig’s depth of experience in the defence industry is exceptional,” Ms Costigan said in a statement.
“Craig brings a hands-on, detailed understanding of the Australian and UK defence industries and business networks. Coupled with his leadership capabilities and proven track record in leading large scale, diverse defence businesses, Craig is ideally suited to significantly grow and lead the team that will deliver the Hunter class frigate program.
“I would like to thank Nigel for his outstanding contribution to the program and for providing strong leadership of the team over the last three years.