Saab Australia has over 570 employees located in South Australia, Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Our senior management team head specific groups and set the strategic direction of Saab Australia. Let's meet the team ...
Andy Keough CSC, Managing Director
Andy was appointed Managing Director in late 2017. He was previously Chief Executive of Defence SA and held senior management roles in ASC. He served two decades with the Royal Australian Navy which included command of two Collins Class submarines and an exchange with the US Navy Submarine Force in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In 2006, he was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for leadership. Andy has a Bachelor of Science and MBA. He is an Adjunct Professor with the University of South Australia, Chair of the Australian Industry Group (AiG) Defence Council, Co-Chair of the University of Adelaide Defence Advisory Board, board member of the Training & Skills Commission and member of the SACE Board.
Graham Smith, Chief Engineer
Graham is responsible for developing Saab’s Australian engineering capabilities which deliver superior technical outcomes for customers. Before joining Saab in 2018, he’d held senior leadership roles within various technology organisations including Lockheed Martin Australia, BAE Systems Australia and Motorola. Graham’s competence within the defence and commercial technology sectors spans engineering, project, operations and general/business management; and capability development. Over the past three decades he’s supported Australia’s most complex defence technology programs and their respective support phases. Graham holds a Bachelor of Computer and Information Science degree and a Graduate Diploma in Management. He’s a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia; a Chartered Professional Engineer; and past member board director of the RPDE defence-industry-academia organisation.
Ben Gulliver, Chief Operating Officer
Ben is responsible for oversight of program delivery and driving organisational performance across all areas of the business. He also leads mergers and acquisitions; manages major facility projects; and heads our security operations and ICT functions. He is Saab Australia's delegated Managing Director in Andy Keough's absence. Before joining Saab in 2010, Ben enjoyed local and international experience in the manufacturing, construction, agriculture and accounting services industries. He's held management roles within large organisations like BHP, Lend Lease and Elders; and had postings in New Zealand and Singapore. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy, is Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of CPA Australia and a member of the Finance and Audit Committee for the Women's and Children's Hospital Foundation.
Sarah McCade, Chief Financial Officer
Sarah is responsible for developing and excecuting the business's financial strategy to support Saab's profitability and growth objectives. She has built a reputation of being a suited leader through holding senior leadership positions for over a decade. Prior to joining Saab, Sarah worked as a Senior Analyst at Deloitte Australia; a well-renowned accounting firm. Starting in 2008, Sarah joined Saab Australia as a Management Accountant and from there she held numerous management roles until being appointed as the Chief Financial Officer in late 2019. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Business (Commercial Law) and a Bachelor of Commerce and is also a member of the Institute of Charted Accountants.
Madeleine Davis, General Manager Strategy and Transformation
Madeleine joined Saab in 2018 to support the organisation through a period of accelerated growth. She leads Saab Australia’s transformation and business improvement programs and supports the Managing Director with Saab Australia’s expansion strategy. After beginning her career with Westfield and Coles Myer, Madeleine held senior communication and strategy roles for more than a decade in the South Australian Government, with Defence SA and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. An accomplished senior executive, she has experience in highly complex, politically sensitive, customer focused organisations. Her specialties include corporate strategy and planning, communication, stakeholder engagement, transformation and governance. Madeleine holds a Bachelor of Management (Marketing), is a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation and the University of Adelaide/University of Texas Transformational Leadership program.
Tony Vonthoff, General Manager Sales and Head of Government Relations
Tony oversees strategy for Saab Australia’s sales and government relations within Australia and New Zealand. He has extensive business development and sales experience in the defence and international capacity building sectors. In his two tenures with Saab, he spent three years in Sweden as sales strategist for the Middle East market; managed civil solution sales; and represented Saab’s global business locally for land defence systems. As Director of Business Development for an international aid organisation, Tony was responsible for winning and mobilising education, health and agriculture aid programs for the Asia Pacific region. Tony holds a Masters of Defence from Canberra University and is a graduate of Australian Command and Staff College Queenscliff. He spent two decades serving with the Australian Army and was appointed to Saab Australia’s senior management team in 2019.
Wayne Agutter, General Manager Civil Solutions
Wayne’s core focus is broadening Saab’s civil and security business in Australia. Wayne’s professional career spans the computing, aerospace, telecommunications and defence sectors within large commercial and government organisations. During his formative engineering years he worked in the European space industry (UK and Germany) with British Aerospace, the European Space Agency and the International Maritime Satellite Organisation (INMARSAT). Wayne’s held numerous leadership positions including director, general manager and chief engineer within and outside Saab and provided business and engineering advice to technology start-ups. Before joining Saab in 2006 he was director of the South Australian Centre for Parallel Computing at Adelaide University, Chief Engineer and General Manager of QuikTrak Technologies and Chief Engineer and Engineering Manager with BAE Systems.
Dave Symonds, General Manager Maritime
Dave leads Saab Australia’s maritime group which comprises more than 250 employees. This group undertakes research, development, integration, engineering, sustainment and integrated logistics support for Saab Australia’s maritime combat systems business. Appointed to the role in 2019 following Operations and Program Management roles within Saab, Dave had established a reputation as a respected leader and achiever; delivering successful naval ship programs and constructively managing international operations. Before joining Saab in 2005, Dave managed R&D programs, change programs and engineering projects with global companies Motorola and Computer Sciences Corporation. He’s made positive contributions and built lasting professional relationships within the large technology organisations where he’s built his career. Dave has worked abroad earlier in his career, relates well with people locally and internationally, and works with stakeholders to resolve issues in any environment. Dave has a Bachelor of electronic engineering, Graduate Diploma (systems analysis) and MBA.
Patric Eriksson, General Manager Underwater
Patric leads Saab Australia’s underwater business which includes upgrade and support for the Collins class submarines, systems for the future Attack class fleet, unmanned submarine launched vehicle systems and participation in Saab’s international underwater programs. Patric joined Saab in 1989 and migrated to Australia in 1993 to deliver and establish local support for Saab’s integrated ship control, management and monitoring system for the Collins class. Patric was appointed Chief Engineer after delivering one of the most successful system projects of Australia’s complex submarine program. He has also held the positions of General Manager Naval Systems and Director of Defence Operations. The company has relied on Patric’s leadership and competence to guide the company’s technical capabilities, develop our products and successfully manage projects and divisions. Patric has a Master of Engineering (Electronic) in Computer Systems.
Andrew Petersen, General Manager Land
Andrew joined Saab Australia in 2018 to grow and manage Saab Australia’s land defence business and to be our regional business manager for Victoria. Andrew’s an accomplished senior manager who’s built a successful career in the defence communication and technology industry in Australia, USA, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Conversant across all business functions and technical domains, he’s transitioned project management, business development, and general management. Andrew mobilised engineering and project teams throughout Australia; formulated and executed profitable business growth strategies; and led the Australian subsidiary of L3 Technologies, an international business with 31,000 employees. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering and Masters of Management Technology and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tania Daniell, General Manager Human Resources
Tania is our human resources general manager responsible for the company’s human resourcing strategy, policies, processes and functions. She joined Saab in 2016 at the start of an unprecedented growth period. With the support of her talented team she leads all human resource activities and initiatives to meet the company’s current business and projected growth strategies. Tania is a decisive leader, facilitator and communicator who’s career spans the defence and technology, professional services, financial services and retail sectors. She has well-developed business acumen and been recognised by the Commonwealth Bank as one of their top national relationship management business performers. Tania is an accredited trainer and assessor and completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science at Charles Darwin University.
Wendy Hoad, General Manager Commercial & Company Secretary
As head of Saab Australia’s commercial group, Wendy develops, implements and manages the company’s legal and commercial business strategies and processes. Leading a diverse, professional team, she is responsible for all legal advice, enterprise risk management, export control protocols, contract negotiations, dispute management, inventory and procurement services. As Saab Australia’s Company’s Secretary, she is also responsible for overseeing corporate governance. Wendy joined Saab in 2019 after eleven years with Australian submarine and surface ship builder, ASC where she held the role of General Counsel and Company Secretary. Prior to that, Wendy was a partner with Finlaysons, one of Australia’s most respected, commercial law firms. Wendy is a member of the Football Federation of Australia Disciplinary Committee and the St Ignatius College Board. She has a Bachelor of Laws, graduating with honours, from Adelaide University.