Board Director Naomi Smith
Naomi Smith was appointed Director of Sustainment Operations for Boeing Defence Australia in October 2023. In this role, she is responsible for managing the company’s through-life sustainment support and training solutions for military platforms in order to maximise operational readiness while reducing the cost of ownership. This includes delivering sustainment contracts for Australia’s F/A-18F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, P-8A Poseidon and CH-47F Chinook fleets; C-17 Globemaster III logistics support and maintenance; and the Helicopter Aircrew Training System. She also has responsibility for the sustainment contracts for the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s CH-47Fs and for the Royal New Zealand Air Force P-8s.
Prior to this appointment, Naomi was Director of BDA’s Supply Chain Management capability where she was responsible for leading and implementing an integrated and best-value supply chain strategy. She also coordinated and executed all supply chain activities for BDA’s programs and commitments. This included BDA’s Industry Engagement strategy, strategic sourcing initiatives, procurement operations,
supplier management, inventory management, and logistics operations.
Preceding this position, Naomi was the P-8 Program Manager, providing sustainment support to the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) fleet of P-8A aircraft and associated training devices, including program, engineering, supply chain and specific maintenance services management.
Naomi joined BDA in September 2017 as the P-8A Sustainment Manager. Before commencing with BDA she was a Logistics Manager with Airbus Australia Pacific, working primarily on the company’s RAAF P-3 Orion program.
She commenced her career in the RAAF as a Logistics Officer. During her tenure, she supported operational Squadrons (focused on preparedness and planning), as well as acquisition and sustainment programs for the Defence Material Organisation.
Naomi is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Management and Information Systems) and a Masters of Business Administration.
She was elected to the Board in November 2023.