Cassidian Systems Ltd: Mike Greenway OBE, ‘Brand Strategy’
Bio: Mike Greenway, OBE, Cassidian
Mike has held several senior positions for a number of major companies with the latter part of his career dedicated to turning Cogent (now Cassidian Ltd) into a major force in South Wales employing over 800 now in Newport. This has been a major transformation over the last year 10 years morphing a manufacturing based business of less than 200 people into a Systems Integrator with a 10 fold increase in turnover of £125m. He has played a major role in the process as a Deputy MD responsible for the Quality & process, Communications, Change Management, Marketing & Commercial Directorates.
He has a direct insight into the Knowledge Economy with a particular context in the communications network and secure information infrastructure industry.
Since returning to his original profession as Commercial Director he has focused on the twin challenges of defining the function and operating in a collaborative approach to business as signaled by the recently published Defence Information Strategy. He now acts as a Senior Consultant to the Commercial Directorate working part time with a specific emphasis as the Open Innovation Champion
He was awarded the OBE for services to Welsh Industry in the 2009 New Years Honours List.
The Company was originally sited in Newport as part of the Nortel Networks specialised Defence business. The business was acquired by the European Aerospace and Defence giant, EADS (parent company of Airbus) in 2001 and has grown 3 fold as the unit has emerged as the system House for EADS in the UK. Communications and information systems are at the heart of EADS’ expansion ambition and Vision 2020 with the Division playing a leading role in the establishment of the recently created Corporate Research Centre know as EADS Foundation Wales .As of 1st January 2014 Cassidian ltd was rebranded as Airbus Space and Defence part of the Airbus Group.