Smith tapped to lead Brisbane port from May

Ex-Prime Infrastructure ports expert gets nod from new owner Q Port Holdings

By Rob McKay | January 17, 2011

Russell Smith has been chosen to become Port of Brisbane Chief Executive from May 3, owner Q Port Holdings says today.

Smith was previously Chief Operating Officer (Transport), with responsibility for port and rail assets, of Prime Infrastructure, itself having undergone a recent Brookfield Asset Management acquisition.

"We believe we are very fortunate that Russell will now bring his wealth of international experience to bear on the further development, growth and efficiency of the Port of Brisbane," the port’s Chairman, Jeremy Maycock, says.

"Russell will commence as CEO on 3 May 2011, prior to which Alistair Baillie will continue to lead the port as Managing Director."

Smith’s initial career was spent in the engineering sector with a particular focus on the design and construction of port infrastructure works in Australasia and the UK.

He has previously been Chairman or Chief Executive of Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, WestNet Rail, Euroports and PD Ports.

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