Lindsay Pears was appointed in March 2013 to be Queensland's first defence industries' envoy. His role involves providing high-level advice to government on defence industry development matters and advocating for Queensland's defence industries nationally and internationally.
Lindsay has significant experience in the defence sector, having held the following roles:
- board member with the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA)
- CEO and President of Saab Technologies Australia, where he was responsible for a diverse portfolio ranging from naval combat system engineering projects to large scale security systems for critical infrastructure, air traffic management subsystems, counter rocket artillery mortar (CRAM) contracts with the Australian Defence Force and re-establishing Saab's original equipment manufacturer role in support of the Collins Class Submarine Integrated Ship Control and Manoeuvring system (ISCCMS)
- Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Boeing Australia Limited, as well as various management roles prior to this, primarily related to advanced systems development, large-scale modelling, operational analysis and visualisation systems, and developing new business segments such as ScanEeagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) contracts
- General Manager of Rockwell's Communication Systems
- General Manager of the EASAMS Systems Engineering division and Integrated Logistics Support division of GEC Marconi
- developer of new avionics test systems for F/A-18 and Seahawk helicopters in Canada for Computer Sciences Australia
- developer of underwater simulators, radar and electronic warfare simulators for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-3 Orions with Ferranti Computer Systems
- RAAF serviceman in air and ground-based electronics.
Lindsay is also a member of the Australian Industry Group Defence National Executive Council and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Previously he was a member of the Saab Global Management Team, the Defence Capability Development Advisory Forum (CDAF), the ANZAC Alliance Executive Board, the Defence Systems Integration Centre Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors for Saab Technologies Australia and was CEO of the Defence Materiel Organisation's CEO's forum. Additionally, he supported the UniSA MSI program as guest lecturer and is also a graduate of the Boeing Executive Program.
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