CRT Group's Dunn quits for FBT Transwest post

<font color=red><b>EXCLUSIVE:</b></font> CRT Group hunts for new boss, with Cameron Dunn defecting to fellow bulk carrier FBT Transwest

By Jason Whittaker | September 18, 2009

Melbourne-based freight group the CRT Group is looking for a new chief executive, with Cameron Dunn set to defect to fellow bulk goods carrier FBT Transwest.

Dunn will take the reins from Managing Director David Hay in October, ATN understands, with the veteran operator to step back from day-to-day management responsibility.

Hay, a former Mayne Nickless manager, has taken five weeks of leave and was not available for comment.

But CRT has confirmed the departure of Dunn, who tendered his resignation in July but has stayed on until the move to FBT Transwest’s Tottenham headquarters.

CRT, purchased by the State Government-owned Queensland Rail in 2005, says it is yet to select a replacement for Dunn as CEO.

A spokesperson says the company is looking to appoint a manager that will continue its impressive growth and customer service philosophy.

Dunn, 41, was promoted by Queensland Rail in 2006 to run the national logistics company founded by brothers Colin and Phil Rees in 1981.

The Perth-raised manager got his start with United Transport as an administration clerk and truck washer, rising to a fleet controller position. He joined CRT in 1993 and was previously the national operations manager.

FBT Transwest, the result of a 2003 marriage between FBT and the bulk tanker division of Kalari, specialises in dangerous goods cartage and last year signed a 10-year contract with industrial materials giant Amtrade transporting sodium chlorate out of Canada.

The company, with a 140-strong fleet, grew some 80 percent last year with $23 million in revenue according to a recent independent survey.

In an interview with ATN last month, Hay credited the performance to a strong market reputation.

"Most of the developments come from the way we do business; our reputation for safety," he said.

"It’s a market where we think we can offer some value."

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