Aurizon gives Purdie a shot at wide-ranging executive role

New enterprise services executive vice president to lead areas as diverse as IT and legal

Aurizon gives Purdie a shot at wide-ranging executive role
Jennifer Purdie has international experience in senior buusiness roles.


Aurizon has appointed Dr Jennifer Purdie as its new enterprise services executive vice president.

Reporting to managing director and CEO Lance Hockridge, Purdie will fill the role recently vacated by Greg Pringle and will have responsibility for information technology, group legal and general counsel, office of the company secretary, national policy and safety, health and environment.

Her most recent role has been at Rio Tinto as chief advisor projects, technology and innovation.  She has served in a number of other roles at Rio Tinto including global practice leader, technology delivery, technology and innovation as well as a diamonds and minerals executive based in the United Kingdom.

Before joining Rio Tinto, Purdie served in a number of other roles including as general manager for the Alcoa Point Henry aluminium smelter, coal fired power station and mine near Geelong, the company says.

 In this role she had accountability for approximately 700 employees and 100 full-time contractors.

"Jenny has had a long and distinguished international business career with senior operational and managerial roles," Hockridge says.

"In her most recent role she led a strategic review of the business improvement function across the Rio Tinto Group for technology and innovation. 

"This experience will be invaluable as she continues to build on the work of Greg Pringle in helping reshape and strategically align Aurizon's enterprise service support functions to help drive the future growth and development of the company.

"I look forward to welcoming Jenny to the team when she commences in the role on August 1."

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