Harding announces senior management changes at Aurizon

Several senior roles removed from broader management group as part of new company structure

Harding announces senior management changes at Aurizon
Harding says the new business unit model will improve management accountability.


Aurizon MD and CEO Andrew Harding has announced senior management teams to support the new business structure effective July 1.

In March, the rail freight company had announced plans to move from a functional-based model to a business unit model, which involved restructuring the business around its core areas – Coal, Bulk, Network, Intermodal, and central support and planning functions.

The new organisational structure has seen many senior management roles culled and new teams appointed in the past few months.

The announcement features senior management appointements including:

  • Ed McKeiver as the group executive of Aurizon’s Coal division
  • Clay McDonald as the group executive of its Bulk division, which includes the diversified bulk freight and iron ore businesses
  • Michael Riches as the new group executive, Network
  • Andy Jakab to continue to lead Aurizon’s other business unit of Intermodal pending the outcome of the company’s ‘freight review’
  • current Aurizon executive Mike Carter appointed to lead the new Technical Services and Planning unit
  • current CFO Pam Bains to lead Aurizon’s Finance and Strategy team
  • current head of human resources (HR) Tina Thomas to lead new corporate function that includes HR, safety, legal, brand and communications, risk, legal and company secretary.

While McKeiver’s role will be based in Mackay, McDonald will be based in Perth as part of the new structure.

Harding says the new business unit model will provide greater management accountability in each of Aurizon’s product lines while retaining the benefits of disciplined and efficient central support.

"We must continue to evolve to best meet the needs of our customers and the market. The new business unit structure will improve customer service and help drive down costs and improve efficiency," Harding says.

"It will enable us to remain competitive in challenging market conditions and support future growth."

Speaking about the Technical Services and Planning unit, Harding says, the new unit will provide key enterprise-wide specialised services such as rollingstock fleet, real estate, information technology and operational technology to the other business units.

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