Caltabiano named ARRB Group CEO

He will make his first industry appearance in the new role at the ARRB conference next month

Caltabiano named ARRB Group CEO
The soon-to-be ARRB Group CEO Michael Caltabiano.


The ARRB Group (formerly the Australian Road Research Board) has appointed Michael Caltabiano as its next CEO.

Confirmed on Tuesday by the board of directors at the country’s top road research body, Caltabiano will replace current managing director Gerald Waldron when he retires in November.

A newcomer to the ARRB board, having joined in in June, Caltabiano says he will lead the group towards a focus on innovation, industry collaboration and the next-generation of road and transport solutions.

"I am excited to start my new role and the opportunity to develop a modern sustainable future direction of the ARRB Group and road transport research in general across Australia," Caltabiano says.

"My aim is to further modernise the organisation and improve how we engage with the world – ensuring that the ARRB researchers of the future are leading international R&D trends and innovations.

"There is an opportunity to make ARRB Group smarter and use our incredible talent efficiently and effectively to derive further value for our members and partners."

Caltabiano, who will begin in his new role on November 14, has a history in the industry with previous positions placing him in charge of the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association AAPA and as the director-general of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Acknowledging Waldron’s retirement and thanking him "for the contribution and leadership he has provided to the organisation over the past 15 years," ARRB Group chairman Peter Duncan says he looks "forward to working with an industry leader like Michael in this exciting new chapter for the organisation."

"We have already commenced planning a future direction for ARRB and will look to implement collaborative strategies inclusive of ARRB staff and stakeholders in the coming months," he says.

"Leadership and collaboration really goes to the heart of ARRB as an organisation. Research can only deliver its true value when adopted into practice.

"By academia, government and private sectors working together, we can ensure ARRB’s world class research is quickly applied and adopted in the real-world.

"Michael has clearly demonstrated these qualities with his role at AAPA."

Caltabiano will make his first industry appearance in the new role at the 27th ARRB Conference in Melbourne from November 16.


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