Kenneth Hoppe new leader of defence consultancy DDLS People

26 October 2022 2 min. read
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Defence-focused consultancy DDLS People has appointed a new general manager: Kenneth Hoppe.

Established in March last year as a standalone brand, DDLS People is the consultancy wing of DDLS, one of Australia’s largest providers of IT, cybersecurity and process training.

Stepping into the shoes of Karen Smith (who has taken on a new role externally), Hoppe will focus on expanding the firm’s footprint in the defence sector. DDLS People works for clients including the Navy, Army and Air Force.

Kenneth Hoppe, General Manager, DDLS People

DDLS People specialises in four lines of business: organisation consulting, portfolio, program and project management, learning and development, and logistics and supply chain. The firm provides advisory and project delivery services, while leveraging the training capabilities of its parent DDLS.

Hoppe has spent the last 15 years providing professional services to the Department of Defence and the defence industry, in particular the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) and the Chief Information Officers Group (CIOG).

Prior to his appointment, Hoppe was the Director of Defence for Augment Resources, a professional services and consulting firm in Melbourne. He has over 30 years of experience in technical support, logistics engineering, instructional analysis, contracting, and project management, having also worked in various roles for Nova Systems and Logistic Solutions.

“DDLS People has an established track record of delivering results with commitment and passion over two decades to some of Australia’s biggest defence players. I’m eager to join the team and leverage my industry experience to help organisations drive a path towards workflow optimisation, improved business productivity and profitability,” said Hoppe.

Meanwhile, Hoppe has also been tasked with leading DDLS People’s diversification strategy, particularly into the wider public sector. “The business has a long and successful history within defence, and we’re broadening our client base to include a range of government agencies,” said Hoppe.