Former ASIO boss joins French defence giant’s board

Australia’s recently departed top spy Duncan Lewis has joined the ranks of defence giant Thales.

Mr Lewis, who retired as the head of domestic spy agency the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation last year, has been appointed to the board of the Australian arm of  the French manufacturer.

ASIO’s former Director-General of Security Duncan Lewis is joining the Thales Australia board.Credit:AAP

It is the latest example of senior public servants and cabinet ministers going into industries in which they presided over in government, after former defence minister Christopher Pyne landed a defence-focused consultancy role with EY and former foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop took a gig with aid contractor Palladium.

Mr Lewis was head of ASIO between 2014 and 2019 following a career that included roles as commander of Australia’s special forces, national security advisor, secretary of the Department of Defence and ambassador to Belgium, the European Union, Luxembourg and NATO.


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