Mr Colin Cooper

Biography – 

Mr Colin Cooper is General Manager Government and Defence, of ViaSat Australia.

Colin has a unique breadth of experience in the Australian Defence and Defence Industry environment. His broad command, operational and staff experiences during a 25 year Naval career have been significantly augmented by senior executive roles in leadership positions in a number of large European, Japanese and US international Defence and ICT companies.

In this current role, he is delivering a country strategy to consolidate the ViaSat Australia business to better support Company capabilities for the Australian market.

Mr. Cooper has a strong track record of leadership in defence and industry relationships and project, program, and organisational transformation and change management.

Before joining ViaSat Australia, he served as the NEC Australia, General Manager Federal Government and Defence, and ACT location executive, where he led the transformation of the NEC Defence and Federal Government business.

Prior to NEC, he was Lockheed Martin Director of MS2 Operations in Australia where he lead significant change initiatives to transform LMA into a credible contender for major future business growth. He has also held a number of senior, and strategically critical roles for Lockheed Martin, Thales Australia, and Raytheon Australia.

Mr. Cooper earned a BSc in Multidiscipline Physics, Computing and Electronics from Monash University, a Diploma of Applied Science in Maritime Studies from the University of NSW, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Satellite Communications from Melbourne University. He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

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