The CEO of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), Caroline Wilkie, has welcomed today’s announcement of the appointment of Mark Campbell as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).
Mr Campbell’s significant commercial knowledge from more than twenty years’ senior management experience in Australia and overseas brings a wealth of additional skills and expertise to the ARTC that will add further capability to the ARTC’s crucial role as one of Australia’s largest rail infrastructure managers.
Working across five states, ARTC manages over 8,500km of track on the interstate rail network, moving hundreds of freight and passenger trains safely every day.
ARTC is also building the vital Brisbane-Melbourne Inland Rail, Australia’s largest freight rail infrastructure project, that will complete the backbone of the national freight network and transform the way freight is moved around the country, connect regional Australia to markets more efficiently, drive substantial cost savings for producers and consumers, and deliver significant economic benefits for Australia.
Ms Wilkie also paid tribute to the outgoing Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer John Fullerton who was appointed to the role in 2011.
“John has worked in the rail industry for more than 40 years and is one of its iconic figures,” said Ms Wilkie.
“He is an unabashed champion of rail, a Director and leading figure of the ARA since 2011, a mentor to many, as well as a Director of a number of other rail and logistics bodies.”
“Under his leadership, the ARTC has been reinvigorated through a wide-reaching transformation program that has seen the company become more competitive, customer-focused and results-oriented.”
“He has put in place an organisation with the capacity to construct and maintain billions of dollars’ worth of rail infrastructure, and led change within ARTC itself, resulting in major advances in the company’s safety performance, customer focus and asset improvement.”
“He has left a lasting legacy of striving for success. He has improved ARTC and our industry immeasurably. He will be greatly missed”, she said.