One of the most senior officers in the Australian Defence Force has been appointed as the new CEO of Airservices Australia.
“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Air Vice-Marshal Margaret Staib who brings over three decades of military experience in aviation, logistics and procurement management to this position,” Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese said.
“As Commander Joint Logistics, Air Vice-Marshal Staib planned, coordinated and delivered logistics support for Australian Defence Force operations and exercises overseas and in our own backyard. This includes everything from food resupply to troop movements for our 77,000 personnel serving domestically and overseas.”
Air Vice-Marshal Staib also played a key role in developing and implementing the $2.4 billion logistics reform program—a major initiative of the 2009 Defence White Paper.
A posting to the United States Air Force at the Pentagon furthered her experience in logistics and procurement. For her first-rate work on logistics transformation, Air Vice-Marshal Staib was awarded the United States Meritorious Service Medal.
In January 2009, Air Vice-Marshal Staib was appointed as a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia.
“Air Vice-Marshal Staib’s appointment comes at the right time for Airservices Australia with the organisation delivering a five-year, $1 billion capital expenditure program, which is replacing and upgrading vital air traffic infrastructure, and improving aerodrome rescue and firefighting services,” Mr Albanese said.
Air Vice-Marshal Staib will take up her position on 15 October this year.
The Chair of Airservices Australia, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret’d), welcomed the appointment of Air Vice-Marshal Staib.
“Ms Staib has risen to the rank of Air-Vice Marshal over a 30-year career in the military,” Air Chief Marshal Houston (Ret’d) said.
“It was the unanimous view of the selection panel that Air Vice-Marshal Staib has the background and experience to excel as the CEO of Airservices Australia.
“The Board and I look forward to working with Air Vice-Marshal Staib to take Airservices Australia forward to achieve our organisational goals.”
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret’d) thanked Mr Andrew Clark for his work as Acting CEO of Airservices Australia.
“Mr Clark took up the role of Acting CEO in May this year. The Board and I wish to sincerely thank Mr Clark for his management of Airservices Australia over this time,” Air Chief Marshal Houston (Ret’d) said.
Airservices Australia is a wholly government-owned statutory authority which manages around 11 per cent of the world’s airspace through which more than three million flights carrying 75 million passengers travel each year.
As well as providing air-traffic control services, the organisation also delivers rescue and fire fighting services at the nation’s major passenger airports.
More information about Airservices Australia and its current Board Members is available at: www.airservicesaustralia.com.
** Air Vice-Marshal Staib’s full biography is attached.
Air Vice-Marshal Margaret Staib, AM, CSC
Air Vice-Marshal Margaret Staib was appointed Commander Joint Logistics in January 2010 and as Australia’s Senior Defence Strategic Logistician, is accountable for the oversight and assurance of the Defence logistics capability. In a previous posting to Joint Logistics Command, Air Vice-Marshal Staib was Director General Strategic Logistics Branch where in 2008, she led the development of the logistics contribution to the Force 2030 Defence White Paper. Now as Commander Joint Logistics, Air Vice-Marshal Staib has carriage of implementing significant White Paper initiatives including a $2.4 Billion logistics reform program.
Her early career as an Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force provided Air Vice-Marshal Staib with experience in base level logistics including facilities management, stock control, provisioning and maintenance for the C130, B707 and Caribou fleets. Over her career, Air Vice-Marshal Staib has been able to shift her focus towards the more strategic aspects of logistics. In 2000, Air Vice-Marshal Staib’s contribution and leadership in the field of ADF Aviation Inventory Management was recognised when she was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross. While her current role is very much in the ‘joint’ domain, Air Vice-Marshal Staib remains involved with the issues facing the RAAF through her membership of the Chief of Air Force Advisory Committee.
A posting with the United States Air Force at the Pentagon furthered her experience of logistics transformation, including strategic procurement initiatives with industry, supply chain integration and technology. Her service during this period was recognised with the United States Meritorious Service Medal.
In January 2009, Air Vice-Marshal Staib was appointed as a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia. As the Director of Logistics Support Agency—Air Force and Director General Strategic Logistics, Joint Logistics Command, Air Vice-Marshal Staib was commended for exceptional service to the Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Defence Force in the field of logistics strategic planning.
Air Vice-Marshal Staib’s leadership of logistics reform was also recognised by Australian industry when she received the Outstanding Contribution to Supply Chain Management in Australia award at the 2011 Smart Supply Chain Conference.
Air Vice-Marshal Staib is a graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the University of South Queensland, Deakin University, the Australian Defence College and the Harvard Club of Australia. She is also a graduate of the United States Marine Corps Supply Chain Executive Program at Penn State University. Air Vice-Marshal Staib is a board member of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Certified Practicing Logistician, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Australian Institute of Management. Air Vice-Marshal Staib holds a Bachelor of Business Studies, a Masters of Business Logistics and a Masters of Arts in Strategic Studies.
Air Vice-Marshal Margaret Staib is the senior female in the Australian Defence Force and is very passionate about the future direction of women in the services.
Air Vice-Marshal enjoys spending time with her seventeen-year-old twins, Alexandra and Lachlan, and catching up with friends.