The Hon Kim Beazley AC joins Lockheed Martin Australia Board
Canberra, AUSTRALIA, June 9, 2016 – Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Australian Ambassador to the United States of America, The Hon Kim Beazley AC, has been appointed to the Lockheed Martin Australia Board.
Kim Beazley AC is an Australian statesman and one of Australia’s pre-eminent international policy thought leaders – a reputation established over a remarkable career that has to date spanned the highest echelons of politics and international diplomacy.
Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Raydon Gates AO commented: “Kim Beazley is one of Australia’s most distinguished statesmen, respected by all sides of politics, policymakers and industry alike, and we are thrilled he has accepted this appointment.”
“As a passionate advocate for Australian industry and a former Defence Minister, Kim brings invaluable experience to the Lockheed Martin Australia Board.”
The Hon Kim Beazley AC commented: “Throughout my career I have developed a deep respect for Lockheed Martin, both as an industry leader and a technology innovator,” he said.
“I look forward to contributing to Lockheed Martin Australia’s ongoing success as a key technology partner to Australia’s Defence Force and broader industry sector.”
With a presence in Australia for 55 years, Lockheed Martin Australia works with local partners to deliver systems and advanced engineering capabilities for customers in the Aeronautics, Maritime, Surveillance and Defence domains.
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The Hon Kim Beazley, AC
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Australian Ambassador to the United States of America
Mr Beazley was elected to the Federal Parliament in 1980 and represented the electorates of Swan (1980-96) and Brand (1996-2007).
Mr Beazley was a Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments (1983-96) holding, at various times, the portfolios of Defence, Finance, Transport and Communications, Employment Education and Training, Aviation, and Special Minister of State. He was Deputy Prime Minister (1995-96) and Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition (1996-01 and 2005-06). Mr Beazley served on parliamentary committees, including the Joint Intelligence Committee and the Joint Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee.
After his retirement from politics in 2007, Mr Beazley was appointed Winthrop Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Western Australia. In July 2008 he was appointed Chancellor of the Australian National University, a position he held until December 2009. Mr Beazley took up an appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America in February 2010. He served as Ambassador until January 2016.
Upon returning to Australia he has been appointed as President of the Australian Institute for International Affairs, Distinguished Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Senior Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre and Board Member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.
In 2009, Mr Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia through contributions to the development of government policies in relation to defence and international relations, and as an advocate for Indigenous people, and to the community.
Mr Beazley was born in Perth. He completed a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the University of Western Australia. He was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for Western Australia in 1973 and completed a Masters of Philosophy at Oxford University. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Notre Dame (Western Australia). He is married and has three daughters.