Business Briefing: Austal CEO Andrew Bellamy
19 September 2013
Duxton Hotel Perth
Leveraging Australian Technology for US Defence Success
In Western Australia, the name Austal is still commonly associated with building fast ferries and luxury motor yachts,
but while ferries remain an important part of the business, the Austal of today is a very different business to that perception.
In fact, as Andrew Bellamy will discuss in this briefing, the vast majority of the company's overall business is derived from its
operations building revolutionary naval ships in the United States for the United States Navy.
Austal has been contracted by the US Navy to build ten 103-metre JHSVs under a 10-ship, US$1.6 billion contract,
one of which has already been delivered, and eight 127-metre Independence-variant LCS class ships (including USS Independence,
delivered to the Navy in 2009), six of which are a part of a 10-ship, $3.5 billion contract.
Mr Bellamy will explain how this success in the United States is intrinsically tied to Austal's Australian operations,
in particular through the successful application, adaption, and development of ship, systems and manufacturing
technology at the company's global headquarters south of Fremantle.
Andrew Bellamy is Chief Executive Officer of Austal Limited, a global defence prime contractor and world leader in the
design and construction of aluminium defence and commercial vessels.
With more than 20 years business leadership experience in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia, Mr Bellamy is
responsible for the Group's worldwide operations and is also a member of the Board of Austal Limited and the Board of
Mr Bellamy joined Austal in September 2008, initially in the capacity of Head of Global Sales and Marketing.
In this role Mr Bellamy had responsibility for the Sales and Marketing function across all Austal's international
businesses, including the strategically significant US operations.
In 2010, Mr Bellamy was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Austal's Australian businesses and has overseen the growth
and expansion of Austal's international network of locations at a time of significant turbulence in global markets.
Mr Bellamy was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Austal in February 2011.
While at the helm of Austal, Mr Bellamy has been instrumental in Austal's emergence as a global defence prime contractor,
following the award of several significant contracts including the Cape Class Patrol Boat programme for the Australian Customs
and Border Protection Service, as well as the Joint High Speed Vessel and Littoral Combat Ship programmes for the US Navy.
Prior to joining Austal, Mr Bellamy held senior positions within the Oil and Gas industry with Honeywell and ICI.
Mr Bellamy holds a BSc (Hons) in Materials Science from University of Sunderland and an MA (Marketing) from
University of Lincoln and Humberside.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia
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