Quickstep expands board, gears up for F-35 production

Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Error McCormack (Ret.) has been added to the Quickstep Board of Directors as a non executive director.

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Advanced materials company Quickstep Holdings Ltd. (North Coogee, Australia) announced on Aug. 12 that it has boosted its defense credentials as it prepares to start manufacturing for the multi-billion dollar F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) project, with the appointment of former head of the Royal Australian Air Force, Air Marshal Errol McCormack (Ret.), as a non executive director.

The appointment, says the company, reflects Quickstep's increasing focus on targeting manufacturing contracts in the international defense industry as it gears up to deliver up to $700 million in potential contracts as part of the JSF project.

McCormack served in the Royal Australian Air Force for 39 years, retiring in 2001 as Chief of Air Force with the rank of Air Marshal. During his period of service he commanded at unit, wing and command level, held staff positions in capability development, operations and educational posts and attended both RAAF and Joint Services Staff Colleges. His overseas postings included flying tours in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, an exchange tour with the U.S. Air Force flying the RF4C, Air Attachè Washington and Commander Integrated Air Defence System in the Five Power Defence Agreement between Malaysia, Singapore, U.K,, New Zealand and Australia.

Since his retirement from the RAAF he has established a company providing consultancy services for multinational companies working with the Australian Department of Defence.

Commenting on his appointment to the Quickstep Board, McCormack said, "I believe Quickstep has excellent opportunities to target manufacturing contracts within the defense industry and I look forward to assisting with this process."