Navantia Australia announces retirement of Warren King AM, Chair of the Board

Canberra, ACT, 27 January 2021

The Board of Navantia Australia today announces the retirement of its Chair, Mr Warren King AM, effective 31 December 2020.

Mr King was appointed Chairman of the Board for Navantia Australia in September 2017. Since then, Warren King has been instrumental in providing guidance and an in- depth experience of Australian defence industry to Navantia Australia’s management team.

Navantia SA SME Chairwoman Ms Belen Gualda said Mr King leaves Navantia Australia in a strong position for future growth.

“Warren’s contribution and commitment to Navantia Australia has been hugely beneficial in assisting Navantia Australia in the task of establishing ourselves as a strong sovereign naval design and sustainment company to support the Australian Defence Force. We wish Warren the very best for his retirement,” declared Ms Gualda.

Mr King said that he was proud of what Navantia Australia has achieved during his tenure. “Since its establishment in 2012, Navantia Australia has been part of Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding and sustainment program. The signing of the Strategic Agreement Principles with the Commonwealth of Australia in 2020 represented a significant milestone in the development of sovereign capability of Navantia Australia.”

“Navantia Australia has grown to become a key defence industry partner for the Commonwealth of Australia. I take pride in having played a role in this growth and the company’s continued success.”

Warren joined Navantia Australia after retiring from the Defence Materiel Organisation as chief executive officer, where he oversaw different programs, including the Hobart Class destroyers, Collins Class Coles Review and Remediation of Projects of Concern. He previously served in the Royal Australian Navy and held a number of senior executive roles in both small-to-medium enterprises and US multinational corporations.

About Navantia Australia

Navantia Australia designs, integrates and supports naval maritime platforms and systems for the Royal Australian Navy. The Commonwealth of Australia recognises us as a Design Authority for the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD) and Landing Craft, Hobart Class Guided Missile Destroyers (DDG) and Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) Ships. At Navantia Australia, we are committed to growing our local workforce and links to the Australian Supply Chain to best support the growth of a truly Australian naval shipbuilding and sustainment industry.