David Gillian is a Partner at McChrystal Group where he oversees some of the firm’s most established projects. Since joining McChrystal Group in early 2013, David has led global client engagements across diverse fields including technology, financial services, engineering and construction, energy, mining and healthcare. As a senior member of the team, David has previously served as the company’s Chief Growth Officer and currently runs McChrystal Group's European Office.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, David was a senior officer in the Australian Army, retiring at the rank of Brigadier and as the Australian Army’s most senior intelligence professional. He served as the Deputy Chief of Intelligence in Afghanistan, during the command of General Stan McChrystal. Following that assignment, he served at the Pentagon as the Personal Liaison Officer for the Chief of the Australian Defence Force to the United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
A decorated combat veteran, David led troops in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea. Throughout his career, David has specialized in establishing and leading new types of intelligence organizations, with a focus on identifying and applying the skills and experience of specialist organizations and individuals. He has also focused on building multi-agency, cross-functional teams designed to achieve operational success in highly fluid and evolving environments.
David graduated from the Royal Military College of Australia in December 1984. He also completed graduate education at the Australian Army Command and Staff College and the Australian Defence College. He received a Master of Arts in International Relations, a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies, a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in History, and a Graduate Diploma of Management Studies. David is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Among a range of honors and awards, David was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2009 and received a Commendation for Distinguished Service for his service during the invasion of Iraq. He is also the recipient of the US Meritorious Service Medal and the US Defense Intelligence Award for his service to the international intelligence community.