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Northrop Grumman Australia names Chris Deeble as new CEO

written by WOFA | February 14, 2019

A file image of Air Vice-Marshal Chris Deeble from 2015. (Defence)
A file image of Air Vice-Marshal Chris Deeble from 2015. (Defence)

Northrop Grumman Australia has named Air Vice Marshal (Ret’d) Chris Deeble as its new chief executive.

The company announced Deeble’s appointment in a statement on Wednesday. He replaces Ian Irving, who left Northrop Grumman Australia in October 2018.

Since then, former chief executive of the DMO and member of Northrop Grumman’s International Advisory Board Warren King has been acting chief executive.

Previously, Deeble was at Airservices Australia where he was program executive for Onesky, the joint civil and military air traffic management project.

Before that, he had a distinguished 37-year military career, initially as a navigator on Canberra and F-111C strike aircraft.

Deeble later headed up the troubled AIR 5077 Wedgetail AEW&C program, and is generally credited with getting that program back on track in conjunction with his Boeing counterpart, Boeing Australia president Maureen Doherty.

He also led Australia’s AIR 6000 New Air Combat Capability (JSF) program office, the AIR 5402 KC-30 MRTT project, and the Collins class submarine sustainment program.


For his work leading the above-mentioned projects, Deeble was awarded an Order of Australia in 2016.

“Chris’ extensive experience in leading complex programs and his deep understanding of acquisition and sustainment programs, organizational strategy and operational excellence will serve him well as he leads our continued growth and investment in Australia,” Northrop Grumman chief executive and president Kathy Warden said in a statement.

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