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Quickstep Holdings, the manufacturer of carbon‐fibre composite components for the aerospace, defence and automotive industries, announced that it has made a number of organisational changes to the Company’s Board, Executive Team and Management Structure.
Following the appointment of Mr David Marino as Chief Executive Officer, Quickstep has significantly accelerated its growth strategy across the automotive, aerospace and defence industries. As a result the Company’s new ‘Automotive Division’ will soon commence operations in Waurn Ponds in the Geelong region of Victoria. This growth has necessitated a review of the current management structure. A new position of General Manager, Strategy & Business Development (Aerospace and Defence) has been created to focus on capitalising on a number of identified global business opportunities. Mr Philippe Odouard has been appointed to this position. As part of this appointment, Mr Odouard has resigned from all Board directorships (including subsidiaries) to allow a dedicated focus on the strategy and growth optimisation of both the existing Bankstown assets and the commercialisation of the Company’s innovative process technologies in the global aerospace and defence sectors. “Philippe’s knowledge, experience and global networks in the defence and aerospace sectors provide him with the proven ability to support the achievement of the targeted growth that the Company has identified” said David Marino, Chief Executive.Tony Quick, Chairman of the Quickstep Board said “Philippe has made a significant contribution to the growth of the Company over a period of six years, where he led the development of Quickstep from a small start up to a successful international composites company, and the Board wishes to thank Philippe for this contribution. He is well positioned to support the achievement of our growth strategies in the aerospace and defence sectors”. The company would also like to welcome Mr Andrew Crane to the position of Chief Financial Officer following the recent resignation of Nicole Sharman. Andrew brings a wealth of experience as a Finance Executive in both public and private companies. Most recently he held the position of General Manager Finance & Commercial at GWA Group Ltd and previously was the Chief Financial Officer for SCA Hygiene Australasia (now Asaleo Care). Mr Crane’s experience is globally based, encompassing significant acquisition and divestment activity. David Marino, Chief Executive said “I would like to both welcome Andrew to Quickstep and also acknowledge the contributions of Nicole in her leadership of the finance portfolio as the Company transitioned from a research and development focus to a sophisticated manufacturing and technology business”. Nicole will remain in the organisation in a support capacity until the end of October 2015.More information:www.quickstep.com.au