One of Australia’s most respected Defence industry experts, Ron Fisher, joins Proximity.
Ron joins the Proximity team as a Principal Advisor and will lead our service offering to Defence as the National Defence Lead, acting as the primary strategic contact between Proximity and Defence. Proximity is a significant supplier of commercial, consulting and legal services to Defence, with Defence being Proximity’s largest client.
Ron transitions to Proximity from his most recent role as an external member of the Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) Independent Assurance Review Board, where he has been helping to review dozens of Defence procurement projects.
Following a career in the Australian Defence Force, Ron forged a successful senior executive career, including as Managing Director of Raytheon Australia between 1998 and 2009, and as President and CEO of Raytheon Canada. He has also supported many businesses in developing growth strategies and professional development, leadership, executive development, and career management programs.
Ron’s appointment comes at a time when we are experiencing significant growth and acceleration across our core solution lines – consulting, legal and commercial. Given Ron’s proven track record for building industry-leading organisations, we are excited about the benefits his experience can bring to our ambitious growth agenda.
“Under Ron’s leadership, Raytheon Australia became the fastest growing supplier to Australia’s defence industry, doubling in revenue and workforce size. We are very enthusiastic about the benefits Ron’s experience, network, skills, and energy can bring to our Defence capability, to our Principal Advisor Group, and Proximity more broadly”, stated Zoe Lynam, Co-CEO.
“In addition, Ron brings extensive knowledge of the current issues facing Defence procurement projects and will play a key role in helping our Defence clients solve complex problems. We see Ron becoming a strategic sounding board and brains trust for our clients and staff”.
The move to Proximity comes after a long-standing strategic relationship between the firm and Ron. Ron was one of the founding members of the Proximity Advisory Board from 2013 – 2016, and as a result, Ron has a deep understanding of Proximity’s core values and our projection path.
“I am thrilled to join Proximity at a time where the organisation and team is energised to take advantage of present opportunities. I am eager to roll-up my sleeves and help clients with large-scale procurements, complex project and program management, organisational planning and change management and work together with clients to produce great outcomes for the challenges they are facing”, stated Ron.
“Proximity really is the best place for me to do this type of work and to have a positive impact”.
Ron will be supported in his leadership position by Proximity Expert Advisors Warren King (former CEO Defence Materiel Organisation and former Chairman of Northrop Grumman), Greg Divall (former CASG Business Manager) and another senior Defence practitioner to be announced in the next fortnight.