New KiwiRail Chief Executive Appointed

08 November 2013 12:12PM

KiwiRail’s Chairman, Mr John Spencer, today announced that Mr Peter Reidy will join the organisation as Chief Executive, effective 10th February 2014.

A New Zealander, currently based in Sydney, Peter brings to KiwiRail a successful track record of leading and building service and infrastructure-based businesses in the freight, engineering, energy, building products and asset management sectors in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United Kingdom. 

Currently Chief Operating Officer, Infrastructure Services with Downer EDI Group in Australia, Peter has held a number of other senior leadership roles with the company since joining them in 2006 including Executive General Manager Strategy and Growth, Chief Executive Consulting, and Chief Executive Downer EDI Works (NZ).

Mr Spencer said that following an extensive international search, the Board was delighted to appoint Peter to this very important role.

“Peter has a strong commitment to safety and also understands that achieving sustainable performance and productivity is only achieved through people.”

Peter Reidy says, “New Zealand needs a strong, safe and sustainable rail and ferry business for all our customers including exporters, businesses, the travelling public and international visitors.”

“I am honoured to have this opportunity to lead people within KiwiRail and to continue the transformation strategy which will enable the business to play an important part in the future growth of New Zealand as it has done over the last 150 years.”

Mr Spencer also gave thanks to outgoing Chief Executive Jim Quinn who will remain with the business until the end of February to ensure a smooth handover.

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