• QinetiQ Group announces creation of a new Australian Sector led by Gary Stewart. (QinetiQ)
    QinetiQ Group announces creation of a new Australian Sector led by Gary Stewart. (QinetiQ)

QinetiQ Group has announced the formation of a new Australian sector and has named Gary Stewart as the sector’s Chief Executive, effective 1 May.

Stewart will join QinetiQ from Rheinmetall Defence Australia where he was the Managing Director responsible for strategy and operational delivery in the Asia Pacific region. Stewart has more than 20 years of experience within the defence industry in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia. He is an engineer and served in the Royal Australian Air Force for 11 years.

Stewart will join QinetiQ’s Leadership Team led by Steve Wadey, QinetiQ’s Group Chief Executive Officer.

The company says the creation of the new Australia Sector, which replaces what was previously the International Sector, is evidence of its ambition to build an 'integrated' global defence and security company focused around its six distinctive offerings and three home countries, of the UK, US and Australia.

The Australia Sector will be headquartered in Canberra and has more than 1,200 employees worldwide.

In recent years, QinetiQ has invested more than A$100 million in Australian people, skills and capabilities. These include the $53 million acquisition of Air Affairs in October 2022, the new Technology and Engineering Centre in Fishermans Bend, Melbourne and the sovereign Test & Evaluation upskilling programme.

The Australia Sector becomes QinetiQ’s global hub for threat representation, including recently acquired Air Affairs, Target Systems (in the UK and Canada) and its German air threat representation and training business. QinetiQ’s four sectors are now Australia, the US, UK Defence and UK Intelligence and together the company says it is well-placed to support the goals of AUKUS.

“Gary’s extensive experience in the Australian and global defence sectors, alongside his ability to grow businesses at scale, means that he is the right leader to deliver both short-term operational performance and our long-term strategy to grow our Australia Sector at pace," Steve Wadey, Group Chief Executive Officer of QinetiQ, commented.

"Today’s announcement is another significant step in our multi-domestic growth ambition and a strong indication of QinetiQ’s commitment to the defence sector in Australia.”

“I am delighted to be joining the leadership team of a global defence and security company that will deliver growth from Australia while playing our role in contributing to national and global security," Gary Stewart, incoming Chief Executive of QinetiQ Australia Sector, commented. "The new Australia Sector will be crucial in creating sovereign capability and further developing critical skills including becoming QinetiQ’s global leader for threat representation.

"I am looking forward to working with the highly skilled people at QinetiQ, dedicated to supporting our customers’ critical missions.”

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