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The Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety
The CEO/Director of Aviation Safety (DAS) is responsible for managing CASA subject to the directions of, and in accordance with policies determined by the Board. The CEO/DAS is also responsible for implementing the objectives, strategies and policies decided by the Board and, in consultation with the Board, developing and articulating CASA’s corporate goals and practices. The CEO/DAS supports the Board’s efforts to ensure that CASA performs its functions in a proper, efficient and effective manner, and complies with directions given by the Minister under section 12B of the Civil Aviation Act 1988.
The Acting Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety – Mr Graeme Crawford
Mr Graeme Crawford was appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety in January 2021.
Graeme’s substantive role is CASA's Group Executive Manager Aviation, a role he has held since May 2016.
Prior to CASA Graeme had over 20 years experience in senior executive roles at globally renowned aviation organisations such as Qantas Airways, Pratt & Whitney, Goodrich Aerospace, Air Canada and General Electric where he was responsible for maintenance businesses and led major business transformation programs delivering both increased efficiencies and improved customer service levels. He has demonstrated the ability to motivate and mobilise people from different cultures while running aviation engineering and maintenance operations in Australia, Canada, Norway, Scotland and the United States.
Graeme studied Mechanical and Production Engineering at Caledonian University (Glasgow, Scotland) and Industrial Management at Clydebank College (Glasgow, Scotland). He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Graeme Crawford career highlights
2016 – 2020 Group Executive Manager Aviation, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Canberra, Australia)
2007 – 2015 Various executive management roles, Qantas Airways (Melbourne and Sydney, Australia)
2000 – 2007 Managing Director, Pratt & Whitney Norway Engineer Center (Stavanger, Norway)
1999 – 2000 Vice President/Operations Director, Goodrich Aerospace (Seattle, USA)
1996 – 1999 Operations Director, Air Canada (Montreal, Canada)
1993 – 1996 General Manager Engine Overhaul and Component Repair, General Electric Caledonian (Prestwick, Scotland)