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Changes to management structure at Aurizon

Aurizon is feeling the force of struggling coal and iron ore markets. Photo: RailGallery

Aurizon boss Lance Hockridge has announced a number of changes to senior management at the Queensland-based rail operator, as part of the company’s ongoing “transformation program”.

Four executive vice president (EVP) roles will be merged into two, leaving Aurizon with five EVPs reporting to Hockridge.

Hockridge said the moves reflect the current tough market conditions.

The merger of Aurizon’s Strategy and Business Development function and its Commercial and Marketing function, will mean former Commercial and Marketing EVP Mauro Neves will now run both functions, and the current Acting EVP of Strategy and Business Development will report to him in a vice president role.

The functions of Enterprise Services and Human Resources will also be merged by the end of the calendar year.

That change will lead to the departure of Enterprise Services EVP Jenny Purdie by the end of this month, and Human Resources EVP John Stephens by the end of the year.

“As we transition to the new structure, John will continue in his current role and Steve Mann will act in the role of EVP Enterprise Services,” Hockridge outlined.

“A recruitment search, including internal candidates, will be undertaken for the new role leading the merged function.”

The managing director plans to divulge further details of the new structure as part of Aurizon’s full year results presentation on August 15.

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