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Cleared for Take Off: Harfield Leads the Future of Australian ATM

Jason Harfield's track record landed him one of Airservices Australia's most important jobs

Harfield has the broad and deep understanding of the aviation industry

    CANBERRA, AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA, April 15, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Jason Harfield is the Executive General Manager responsible for leading the acquisition and delivery of Airservices next generation services and future national air traffic management platform with the Australian Department of Defence.

With more than 25 years of professional experience in the aviation and air traffic management industry, and a key member of the Airservices executive team since 2005, Harfield has the broad and deep understanding of the aviation industry, the global environment, and the business of air navigation service provision, to successfully lead this significant and highly complex transformation of Australian air traffic management.

Harfield is known to his peers as a highly effective and successful senior executive leader with a proven track record of performance improvement and cultural change in complex, safety critical, industrially and politically sensitive environments. He prides himself on remaining calm and decisive under pressure and as a result, he has continually been entrusted with greater responsibility.

Prior to this role, Harfield led and managed Australia's national air traffic control service with a strong focus on improving performance through an operational and cultural reform program that has delivered significant, sustainable, and world leading benchmarked improvements in service delivery performance, productivity, efficiency, and workforce engagement, while at the same time delivering improvements in safety.

The confidence in his ability led in 2006 to his appointment as the senior executive accountable for the enterprise safety and risk systems at Airservices, where he was successful in re-establishing stakeholder confidence in those critical systems.

Looking back, Harfield attributes his success to inspirational leadership, focusing on relationships and putting people first, and his resilient and adaptable leadership style. Having had the fortune to have held many careers with Airservices, Harfield's entire journey is his highlight.

Harfield is a graduate from Harvard Business School having completed the Advanced Management Program in 2011, has received an EMBA from Melbourne Business School (Mt Eliza), and holds a Company Directors Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In addition to his formal qualifications, Harfield also earned Registered Advanced Practitioner status having completed the HM Government - Managing Successful Programmes qualification, has both an unrestricted private pilots and air traffic controller license, and holds the Diploma of Aviation. He was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding and is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of the International Centre for Complex Project Management, and a member of both the Harvard Business School and Melbourne Business School Alumni.

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