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ARTC appoints new CEO

  • Posted on Friday 8th, May 2020.

Mark Campbell, former CEO of concrete and aggregate supplier, Holcim Australia, has joined the Australian Rail Track Corporation as its new Managing Director and CEO.

Campbell served Holcim's Australia and New Zealand divisions for eight years.

A civil engineer by trade, Campbell brings more than 30 years of international experience in both light and heavy industrial fields, such as quarrying, minerals processing, coal mining, concrete manufacturing and logistics, including road, rail and shipping.

ARTC Chairman, Warren Truss AC, said Campbell will be based in ARTC’s head office in Adelaide but in light of current travel restrictions will initially work from ARTC’s Sydney office.

Retiring ARTC CEO, John Fullerton, will support Campbell's transition into the role over coming weeks.

“Mark’s outstanding strategic and commercial acumen will help guide ARTC and the essential service we provide for our nation, including our vital role in continuing to move critical supplies to cities and regional towns across the country in response to Covid-19,” said Truss.

“We look forward to Mark leading ARTC into an exciting future for Australia’s rail sector, which is set to play an increased role in the freight and transport industry over the next decade to help drive national productivity and the economic growth of the nation.

“The coronavirus pandemic has really emphasised just how crucial our freight industry is to Australian families, businesses and the economy.

“On behalf of the ARTC Board, I would like to pay tribute to John for his outstanding career in the rail industry, which has spanned more than 40 years, including the past nine as head of ARTC. Unyielding in his efforts to promote the value of rail and transport supply chains to the national economy, John’s knowledge and guidance will be greatly missed, but we wish him every happiness in the future," he said.

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has congratulated Campbell on his appointment.

“ARTC has been a long-standing Corporate Member of ALC and our organisations have worked together closely to secure regulatory and investment outcomes that support the vital role rail plays in Australia’s national freight network,” said ALC CEO, Kirk Coningham.

“In particular, the decision of the Federal Government to fund the construction of Inland Rail in 2017 was a watershed moment, following many years of advocacy by our organisation and the leading transport and logistics companies were represent.

“The construction of this 1,700km freight rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane is already delivering economic and employment benefits to regional communities, and its completion will be vital in allowing Australia to efficiently meet a growing freight task and build new domestic and international trade opportunities.

“Mr Campbell’s extensive prior experience in the construction and infrastructure sectors means he is well-placed to continue driving the improvements to rail infrastructure and safety which are at the heart of all ARTC’s activities," he said.

Coningham also acknowledged the contribution that Fullerton has made in his role since 2011.

“John’s industry expertise, customer focus and his passion for enhancing rail’s role in the national supply chain has helped to shape ALC’s policy positions over many years," said Coningham.

"He has been a strong supporter of ALC’s activities and events for his entire tenure and has regularly presented at ALC Forum over many years.

“The success of the industry-led Inland Rail Conference first staged by ALC and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) in Parkes in 2018 and then in Toowoomba last year was greatly enhanced by ARTC’s active support, and in particular by John’s commitment to ensuring regional communities share in the economic benefits of this once-in-a-generation freight infrastructure project.

“ALC looks forward to working closely with Mr Campbell and the entire ARTC team when he takes up his new position.”

Established in 1998, ARTC is one of the largest freight rail network operators in Australia, maintaining and operating 8,500km of the country’s rail network across NSW, Victoria, Queensland, WA and SA. Employing more than 1,600 people, ARTC manages the transit of around 450 trains every day and has a pipeline of more than $11 billion in transport infrastructure projects underway essential to Australia’s economy.

Last year, National Equipment provider, Bruce Rock Engineering, told Trailer Magazine about how it provides Performance-Based Standards (PBS) solutions for operators like Holcim.

(Image: Newly appointed Australian Rail Track Corporation CEO, Mark Campbell.)

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