Deputy Secretary - Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group
On 31 August 2015, Kim Gillis was appointed Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG). Kim is responsible for CASG’s portfolio of acquisition projects and sustainment products that procure and sustain materiel capability for the Australian Defence Force.
Prior to joining the Department of Defence, Kim was vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence Australia. Kim managed all of Boeing Defence Australia businesses and functions at the organisation’s 15 sites across the country and 4 international locations. Before this, Kim was Boeing Defence Australia’s chief operating officer, overseeing the organisation’s day-to-day operations, alignment and integration with Boeing Defense, Space and Security and compliance and governance.
Prior to his work at Boeing, Kim was General Manager Systems for the then Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO). In this role, he led the reform agenda for DMO acquisition and sustainment in an environment of significant change as a result of major Defence-wide reforms. As a senior program manager, he successfully managed and executed multi-billion dollar projects involving integrated teams of professionals in Australia and overseas. Mr Gillis was the program manager for the Australian Landing Helicopter Dock Program.
Kim has also worked for the Austal Group, where he was the capture team lead and project manager for the United States Navy Littoral Combat Ship, the Joint High Speed Vessel Program, and the Royal Australian Navy Armidale Class patrol boat fleet.
Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a major in legal studies from University of Canberra. He is a qualified Master Project Director (AIPM). Kim is the founder and sponsor of Queensland University of Technology Executive Masters in Complex Project Management Program and International Centre for Complex Project Management.