Bligh unveils QR National board

Former CEO of Australia Post and current chairman of Shell Australia among new appointments to QR National's 'blue-chip' board

April 27, 2010

The former CEO of Australia Post and current chairman of Shell are among new appointments to the Queensland Rail National board, which Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced as an ‘important milestone’ in the IPO process.

Bligh says the 'blue-chip' management team will comprise senior, independent business directors in the areas of transport, logistics, resources and law with extensive public and private sector experience.

"It's a huge vote of confidence in the future of QR National that this group of respected business leaders have been prepared to bring their excellent reputations and strong track record of success to support and advise the company in its planned transition to a top ASX-listed company," she says.

"With its wealth of experience, it is a board that is strongly equipped to meet the challenges of growing QR National into Australia's leading transport and logistics company."

New appointments include: John Atkin, Trust Company CEO; Russell Caplan, Shell Australia Chairman; Graeme John, Australian Post Managing Director; Andrea Staines, [former] Director of the Australian Rail Track Corporation Board and Gene Tilbrook, former Wesfarmers Executive Director.

These new members will add to the commercial expertise of the existing QR board members who will be joining the new QR National team, including: QR Chairman John Prescott, CEO Lance Hockridge and Directors, Peter Kenny and Allan Davies.

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