Archived News for Executives and Senior Management - January, 2012
Toll road developer Transurban has announced the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer and Director, Chris Lynch, who will depart after serving in the role for four years.
“Chris has made an outstanding contribution to Transurban. On Behalf of the Board I would like to thank him for his efforts and express our appreciation for the accomplishments over that period,” Transurban Chairman Lindsay Maxsted said.
In his announcement, Mr Lynch said that the company’s ‘excellent shape’ and strong balance sheet meant the time was right for him to stand down from the role and allow the company to seek a new CEO.
“Transurban is an outstanding business that continues to deliver on its commitments to investors, Government partners and customers. I am proud of the leadership group and staff in the way they have embranced challenges and opportunities we have encountered in my four years as CEO,” Mr Lynch said.
“The future is very bright for Transurban. It is a business with a clear strategy, a strong group of leaders, world leading infrastructure assets and an active growth pipeline.”
Mr Lynch was appointed to the Boards of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited as a non-executive director in September last year.
Before his appointment to Transurban, he served seven years at BHP Billiton, where he was chief financial officer and then executive director and group president - Carbon Steel Materials.
Prior to this he spent 20 years with Alcoa Inc holding various senior roles, including vice-president and chief information officer (1999 to 2000), chief financial officer, Europe (1997 to 1999) and managing director of KAAL Australia Limited, a joint venture between Alcoa and Kobe Steel of Japan (1995 to 1997).
The Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education is recruiting a Chief Executive to establish and lead a new Australian Government Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design.
The Queensland Government is recruiting Chief Executive Officers to head up its 17 local health networks which will commence on 1 July 2012. Each local network will have a CEO who reports to a local Governing Council.
The City of Wodonga is recruiting a new CEO, following the resignation of Gavin Cator, who has been appointed CEO of Greater Shepparton City Council. Mr Cator had been in the position since August 2008.
Recruitment specialist Hays has released its January to March quarterly report into labour and skills demand, examining the ‘current hotspots of recruitment activity and trends’.
Optus has announced Kevin Russell as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer with immediate effect. The appointment will see Mr Russell depart his Chief Executive role at mobile operator Hutchinson Three in the United Kingdom.
Senior executives are being recruited for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), the new national regulatory and quality assurance agency for the higher education sector.
The Board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) has called for applications for the position of Commissioner.
The Federal Department of Health and Ageing is seeking a National Manager for the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The appointee will be responsible for overseeing implementation of the ‘TGA reforms: A blueprint for TGA’s future’, released in December last year, and will also play a key role in the creation of an Australia-New Zealand international regulatory agency.
The NSW Government is seeking to appoint a chairperson, board members and a Chief Environmental Regulator as part of its overhaul of the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
The National Rail Safety Regulator Project Office is seeking to appoint a full-time National Rail Safety Regulator/CEO as well as part-time non-executive members who will assist the Regulator in ensuring sound governance, advise on high-profile and sensitive issues, and engage with government, industry and other stakeholders in developing the national co-regulatory rail safety framework.
Australia’s largest rail freight operator, ASX-listed QR National, is recruiting for the new position of Vice President National Policy. The appointee will lead the development of QR’s national policy, particularly in relation to the Australian transport and logistics sectors.
WorkSafe Victoria’s CEO Greg Tweedly has announced his resignation weeks after the Victorian Government moved to cut funding for the body by $470 million.
Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has appointed a new general manager to head the company’s mining and metals business, following the appointment of the former general manager, Santo Rizzuto, to the role of CEO.
The Victorian Government has announced Tim Bamford as Executive Director of Major Projects Victoria (MPV), tasking him with overseeing the state's more complex and important construction projects.