DTC Chair Michael Hartas
Mike currently spearheads the New Technologies division at PMB Defence, leading a dynamic team dedicated to advancing power technologies for conventional and nuclear submarines. His journey to this pivotal role involved significant leadership positions, including serving as the Deputy CEO and Head of Programs at Shoal Group, and as General Manager of REDARC Defence and Space.
With a remarkable track record in establishing and expanding businesses within Australia and on the global stage, Mike's expertise is notably evident in major Australian Industry Capability contracts. He played a crucial role in supporting landmark projects such as the Hunter Class Frigate Program and the L400 Phase 3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle with Hanwha.
Mike's foundation in defence is deeply rooted. He devoted 18 years as an Army Officer, undertaking numerous operational tours in leadership capacities. Despite a medical discharge in 2013, his unwavering dedication to supporting military personnel transitioned into a distinguished career across the Australian Defence Industry, focusing on uniting Small to Medium Enterprises, Primes, and Academia for optimal outcomes.
Renowned for his ability to merge innovative ideas with collaborative efforts, Mike has facilitated numerous successful partnerships between the Australian Defence Force and industry. His technical acumen, coupled with a genuine commitment to team-oriented problem-solving, has been a catalyst for these achievements.
In his current role as Chair of the Defence Teaming Centre’s Board of Directors, Mike is fervently dedicated to empowering industry players, academic institutions, and members to thrive in supporting Australia and its export partners.
Beyond his corporate and defence endeavors, Mike has imparted his knowledge as a Lecturer in the Master of Project Management Program at UniSA. He's also ventured into entrepreneurship, having owned and operated a small business. Currently, Mike serves as the Chair of the Lifesaving Advisory Committee for Surf Life Saving – South Australia, continuing his commitment to community service and leadership.
Mike has two adult children and enjoys camping with his wife Bree in the remotest locations they can get to.