March 21, 2017

CEO of DCNS Australia's Sean Costello Quits Early

Drawing from the (Adelaide) Advertiser's, March 20, 2017 article:

Sean Costello, now former CEO of DCNS Australia, surprisingly quit on March 17, 2017. Because he lead the team that won the $50 Billion Australian future submarine contract (on April 26, 2016), the golden handshake on resignation must be substantial.

As continuity of leadership is so important in the extremely complex and long term submarine project this early resignation has surprised French and Australian defence circles.


DCNS Group Chairman, Herve Guillou (left) and ex-CEO DCNS Australia, Sean Costello (on right)
October 7, 2015).
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DCNS Australia Chief Operating Officer Brent Clark will become interim CEO. See whole Advertiser article.

COMMENT

Might the confusing management arrangements that bedevilled the Collins Project (see latter part of 2016 article) now creep up on the DCNS Shortfin Project? 

Increasing disorganisation caused be rapid turnover of leadership positions of DCNS (the main foreign partner) may adversely impact on US company Lockheed Martin (combat system integrator for the future submarine project) and other major contractors.

Pete

1 comment:

Ztev Konrad said...

Wasnt there concern previously that Costello jumped from the Defence Ministers office into the DCNS role. While he has had previous submarine experience maybe the job now involves more oversight of design and development process at a high level.