John Beech

John Beech


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Western Australia
TEC Chair: Chief Executive Program
TEC Chair: Key Executive Program

I’ve held senior executive positions in corporate and operations roles in the mining, energy and technology industries in Australia and overseas for over 30 years.

Numerous senior executive positions at Orbital Engine Corporation between 1987 and late 2002 including Chief Financial Officer, President of Orbital’s US based Marine Business Unit and General Manager of Orbital’s Australian based Engineering Services Business Unit. I was also an Executive Director on the board of the NYSE and ASX listed parent company of Orbital between 1992 and 2002 as well as a director on several Orbital joint ventures and subsidiaries.

While at Orbital, I was involved in the negotiations of technology licenses with a value in excess of $200 million, raised capital in excess of $250 million, listed Orbital on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and negotiated long-term system sales and engineering services contracts with a value of over $400 million.

Prior to joining Orbital, I was Corporate Planning Manager at the State Energy Commission of Western Australia (SECWA) for 4 years and held a range of finance roles over 8 years at Rio Tinto Zinc (formerly CRA) and its various subsidiaries.

Presently a principal of a consulting firm (John Beech & Associates Pty Ltd) specialising in assisting companies to commercialise their technologies into global markets. I’ve been a director of publicly listed companies and am presently on the advisory board of several private companies.

‘I thought I would get some excellent tools and relationships – looking back these expectations were quite one dimensional compared to the full scope of influence that KEY  has had on me.’
Michael Parker, BT Financial Group