Asciano settles on Patrick shake-up


Asciano has confirmed the change in reporting structure for its stevedoring firm, Patrick, foreshadowed last October. Former Patrick boss Paul Garaty left on January 1 but his former position, Divisional Manager Patrick, will go too and the internal and external search for a replacement has been shelved.

By Rob McKay | January 25, 2012

Asciano has confirmed the change in reporting structure for its stevedoring firm, Patrick, foreshadowed last October.

Former Patrick boss Paul Garaty left on January 1 but his former position, Divisional Manager Patrick, will go too and the internal and external search for a replacement has been shelved.

The unofficial structure, whereby Patrick divisional heads report directly to Asciano CEO John Mullen, had worked so well that
it was decided to go ahead with formalising it, an Asciano spokeswoman says.

Alistair Field, currently Divisional General Manager Terminals & Logistics, has been appointed to the newly created role of Director, Terminals & Logistics, reporting directly to Mullen, and will join the senior leadership team, effective immediately.

Philip Tonks and Alex Milan will continue in as General Manager Ports & Stevedoring and General Manager Autocare respectively.

"We are pleased to have formalised the new management structure within the former Patrick organisation, which the board and senior leadership team believe will provide the transparency and flexibility needed to achieve the ambitious growth and improved returns targeted in the company’s strategic planning," Mullen says.

In other personnel changes in the wider company, former Australian Railroad Group CEO Murray Vitlich has been appointed to the newly created role of Director Strategy & Business Development. He too will report directly to Mullen and join Asciano’s senior leadership team.

Vitlich has previously been CEO of Water Resources Group and Chief Operating Officer of UGL.

Meanwhile, Pacific National Rail Director Chris Keast will also leave Asciano after two and a half years.

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