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Leadership Team 2017-03-30T08:44:08+00:00

Donald McGurk

HNC (Mech Eng), MBA, FAICD, Harvard AMP
Managing Director and CEO

Donald is a motivator of people with extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of change management and strategy formulation.

He joined Codan in December 2000, and had executive responsibility for group-wide manufacturing until his transition into the role of CEO. From 2005 to 2007, he also held executive responsibility for sales of the company’s communications products and from 2007 to 2010, executive responsibility for the business performance of HF radio products.

Donald was appointed to the board as Director in May 2010, and became Managing Director in November 2010.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Adelaide University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 2010. He is also a board member of Bedford Phoenix Incorporated.

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Peter Charlesworth

BEEEng (Hons), MBA, GAICD, Harvard AMP
Executive GM, Minelab & Codan Defence

Peter brings extensive knowledge and experience to Codan from more than 30 years in the electronics industry, including 15 years at Codan and formerly in management and technical roles at Tenix Defence and Vision Systems.

Peter joined Codan in 2003 as General Manager of Engineering and subsequently held various roles including New Business Manager and HF Radio Business Development Manager. He was appointed Executive General Manager of Minelab in 2008, following its acquisition by Codan in that same year. In addition to Minelab, Peter is Executive General Manager of Codan Defence Electronics.

He holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with First Class Honours, and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Adelaide University. He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 2014. He was Chairman of the Technology Industry Association from 2006 to 2011 and was on the Adelaide University ARI Advisory Board from 2009 to 2015. He is also a member of the SA Government Department of State Development grant review committee. Peter is Chairman of the Board of the charity, United Way SA, which runs the “United We Read” programme for disadvantaged pre-school children.

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Paul Sangster

BBus
Executive General Manager, Tactical Communications

Paul Joined Codan in 2013 as the Vice President and General Manager of Business Development for the Communications Division and brings over 20 years of progressive experience in communications and surveillance solutions.

He was appointed Executive General Manager of Codan Tactical Communications in 2018. Prior to Codan, Paul spent 12 years at Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He studied business at University of Maryland University College and holds an Associate Degree in Management Studies. He also completed the Executive Development Program and the Advanced Management Program at University of Chicago’s Booth Business School.

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Michael Barton

BA (Acc), CA
CFO and Company Secretary

Michael joined Codan in May 2004 as Group Finance Manager and was appointed Company Secretary in May 2008.  In September 2009, Michael was promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary and is responsible for financial control and reporting across the Codan group.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy from the University of South Australia, and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

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Dr. Rory Linehan

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, Harvard AMP
Chief Technology Officer, Codan and
Executive GM, Minetec

Rory brings a unique mix of technical knowledge, diverse commercial skills and broad experience to Codan, delivering insightful leadership across the business.

He joined Codan in March 2014, working across the Group to leverage technology and innovation in developing strategies for growth. In February 2019, he was appointed to the role of Chief Technology Officer and leads the company’s Technology Council to maximize synergies across the Codan group and assess new opportunities for organic and acquisitive growth. In addition to this Group role, Rory is Executive General Manager of Minetec.

Rory holds degrees in Physics and Engineering and a PhD in Mathematics from Coventry University (UK). In November 2018, Rory completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP). He has skills in strategy, marketing, business development, systems engineering and programme management gained across a wide range of complex projects, including development of the Boeing 787 primary flight control system.

Prior to Codan, Rory held a number of senior positions with blue-chip firms in the UK including McLaren, Cobham and Goodrich.

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Scott French

BSc
Executive General Manager, Land Mobile Radio

Scott was appointed to the role of Executive General Manager, Land Mobile Radio in February 2019 and is based in Victoria, British Columbia.

Scott came to Codan highly recommended for his lateral thinking, strategic approach to business and for his strong leadership. He brings a wealth of experience gained from almost 30 years with world-class organisations such as Motorola, Panasonic and Zetron. During his time at Motorola, Scott made the transition from engineering leadership to overall go-to-market leadership for several lines of business, helping to transform Motorola into a solutions provider beyond land mobile radio (LMR). Throughout his journey, Scott gained a high-level appreciation of LMR technology, solutions, services and associated markets. At Panasonic, he continued his leadership by transforming the company from product to solutions sales, with focus on mobile devices and security, before assuming the role of General Manager, Americas for two years with Zetron, a command and control company.

In addition, Scott served as Vice Chairman on the state and local board of directors of TechAmerica, representing both Motorola and Panasonic, and was also the Chair of the State & Local Government and Education Executive Council of IT Alliance for Public Sector.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and undertook MBA studies with a focus on leadership at Loyola University Maryland.

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Donald McGurk

HNC (Mech Eng), MBA, FAICD, Harvard AMP
Managing Director and CEO

Donald is a motivator of people with extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of change management and strategy formulation.

He joined Codan in December 2000, and had executive responsibility for group-wide manufacturing until his transition into the role of CEO. From 2005 to 2007, he also held executive responsibility for sales of the company’s communications products and from 2007 to 2010, executive responsibility for the business performance of HF radio products.

Donald was appointed to the board as Director in May 2010, and became Managing Director in November 2010.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Adelaide University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 2010. He is also a board member of Bedford Phoenix Incorporated.

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Peter Charlesworth

BEEEng (Hons), MBA, GAICD, Harvard AMP
Executive GM, Minelab & Codan Defence

Peter brings extensive knowledge and experience to Codan from more than 30 years in the electronics industry, including 15 years at Codan and formerly in management and technical roles at Tenix Defence and Vision Systems.

Peter joined Codan in 2003 as General Manager of Engineering and subsequently held various roles including New Business Manager and HF Radio Business Development Manager. He was appointed Executive General Manager of Minelab in 2008, following its acquisition by Codan in that same year. In addition to Minelab, Peter is Executive General Manager of Codan Defence Electronics.

He holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with First Class Honours, and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Adelaide University. He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 2014. He was Chairman of the Technology Industry Association from 2006 to 2011 and was on the Adelaide University ARI Advisory Board from 2009 to 2015. He is also a member of the SA Government Department of State Development grant review committee. Peter is Chairman of the Board of the charity, United Way SA, which runs the “United We Read” programme for disadvantaged pre-school children.

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Paul Sangster

BBus
Executive General Manager, Tactical Communications

Paul Joined Codan in 2013 as the Vice President and General Manager of Business Development for the Communications Division and brings over 20 years of progressive experience in communications and surveillance solutions.

He was appointed Executive General Manager of Codan Tactical Communications in 2018. Prior to Codan, Paul spent 12 years at Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He studied business at University of Maryland University College and holds an Associate Degree in Management Studies. He also completed the Executive Development Program and the Advanced Management Program at University of Chicago’s Booth Business School.

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Michael Barton

BA (Acc), CA
CFO and Company Secretary

Michael joined Codan in May 2004 as Group Finance Manager and was appointed Company Secretary in May 2008.  In September 2009, Michael was promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary and is responsible for financial control and reporting across the Codan group.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy from the University of South Australia, and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

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Dr. Rory Linehan

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, Harvard AMP
Chief Technology Officer, Codan and
Executive GM, Minetec

Rory brings a unique mix of technical knowledge, diverse commercial skills and broad experience to Codan, delivering insightful leadership across the business.

He joined Codan in March 2014, working across the Group to leverage technology and innovation in developing strategies for growth. In February 2019, he was appointed to the role of Chief Technology Officer and leads the company’s Technology Council to maximize synergies across the Codan group and assess new opportunities for organic and acquisitive growth. In addition to this Group role, Rory is Executive General Manager of Minetec.

Rory holds degrees in Physics and Engineering and a PhD in Mathematics from Coventry University (UK). In November 2018, Rory completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP). He has skills in strategy, marketing, business development, systems engineering and programme management gained across a wide range of complex projects, including development of the Boeing 787 primary flight control system.

Prior to Codan, Rory held a number of senior positions with blue-chip firms in the UK including McLaren, Cobham and Goodrich.

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Scott French

BSc
Executive General Manager, Land Mobile Radio

Scott was appointed to the role of Executive General Manager, Land Mobile Radio in February 2019 and is based in Victoria, British Columbia.

Scott came to Codan highly recommended for his lateral thinking, strategic approach to business and for his strong leadership. He brings a wealth of experience gained from almost 30 years with world-class organisations such as Motorola, Panasonic and Zetron. During his time at Motorola, Scott made the transition from engineering leadership to overall go-to-market leadership for several lines of business, helping to transform Motorola into a solutions provider beyond land mobile radio (LMR). Throughout his journey, Scott gained a high-level appreciation of LMR technology, solutions, services and associated markets. At Panasonic, he continued his leadership by transforming the company from product to solutions sales, with focus on mobile devices and security, before assuming the role of General Manager, Americas for two years with Zetron, a command and control company.

In addition, Scott served as Vice Chairman on the state and local board of directors of TechAmerica, representing both Motorola and Panasonic, and was also the Chair of the State & Local Government and Education Executive Council of IT Alliance for Public Sector.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and undertook MBA studies with a focus on leadership at Loyola University Maryland.

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