Mr John Rothwell AO
Non Executive Chairman, Austal
Over the past two and a half decades, John Rothwell has played a major role in the development of the Australian and global shipbuilding industries.
In 1988 he founded Austal Ships, together with four partners with an initial focus on commercial shipbuilding.
Now, with revenues exceeding $1.9billion per annum and over 6,300 employees worldwide, the Austal Group is one of the world’s leading shipbuilders and defence prime contractors, with customers including the U.S. Navy and Australian Border Force.
Austal listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in December 1998 and the group has grown to comprise four shipyards; located in Henderson Western Australia; Mobile, Alabama, USA (established 1999); Cebu, Philippines (established 2011) and Vung Tau, Vietnam (established 2018).
Austal delivers customised commercial and defence vessel solutions including major multi-billion dollar programs such as the Littoral Combat Ship and Expeditionary Fast Transport for the U.S. Navy.
John Rothwell was born in Loenen, Netherlands in 1944. His family migrated to Australia in 1954.
In June 1999, John was awarded the “WA Citizen of the Year” in the Category of Industry and Commerce.
In 2000, he was awarded the International Business Award by the International Business Council of Western Australia, and in 2002, he was awarded the Ernst and Young Australian Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
In January 2004 he was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO).
CURRENT/PAST POSITIONS HELD
Austal is the world’s largest aluminium shipbuilder, leading the international market for high speed craft. We design, build and sustain fully customised passenger ferries, vehicle-passenger (ROPAX) ferries for commercial operators, and various vessel types for navies, coast guards and police forces around the globe.
Australia’s only ASX-listed shipbuilder, Austal owns and operates industry-leading shipyards in Australia, the United States of America, the Philippines and Vietnam with service centres located worldwide including the USA, South East Asia and the Middle East. Austal also has a joint venture partner in Aulong, formed with Jianglong Shipbuilding of Guangdong to pursue high speed passenger ferry opportunities in mainland China.
Defence vessels designed and built by Austal include frigate sized, multi-mission surface combatants such as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) for the United States Navy and high speed military catamarans for transport and humanitarian relief, including the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) for the United States Navy and the High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV) for the Royal Navy of Oman. Austal also designs, constructs and sustains an extensive range of naval and auxiliary patrol vessels for customers worldwide and has delivered 74 patrol boats globally over the past 20 years.
In the commercial vessel market, Austal has delivered more than 160 passenger and vehicle passenger ferries, offshore Large Crew Transfer Vessels (LCTVs) and other utility vessels such as windfarm vessels and tugs. Austal’s innovative designs (featuring monohull, catamaran and trimaran hulls) and efficient, modular manufacturing processes continue to attract operators seeking customised, quality transport solutions that are delivered on time and on budget.
Austal has developed numerous maritime technologies that enhance ship performance and management. Austal’s MARINELINK Smart allows crews and operators to monitor, analyse and control multiple vessel operating systems accurately, efficiently and in real time – on board or on shore. Austal’s Motion Control System enhances vessel seakeeping and reduces motion on board during adverse weather – ensuring a safer, more comfortable journey and experience for both crew and passengers.
Austal offers its customers asset certainty through effective support services that ensure optimum vessel availability and operations. Digitally enabled support includes engineering, maintenance and supply support services along with training services and warranty management. These services are delivered through our global support network in the USA, Australia, South East Asia and the Middle East – together with partner shipyards worldwide.
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