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Inland Rail CEO named

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has named Richard Wankmuller the new chief executive officer of the $10 billion Inland Rail project.

ARTC chairman Dr Helen Nugent said she was delighted to welcome Wankmuller, who has more than 35 years’ experience leading large engineering organisations like Cardno, GHD, Parsons and MWH.

“With the Australian Government supporting a total investment of $9.3 billion in Inland Rail, and with construction commencing between Parkes and Narromine, Richard joins at an exciting stage of the project,” Nugent said.

“Richard has strong leadership history in engineering services, engineering consultancy and construction delivery and his experience navigating large companies through change are a great fit as the Inland Rail project rapidly grows in scale.”

ARTC chief executive John Fullerton said Wankmuller’s strong focus on customer needs, and experience delivering long-term organisational success made him the right person for the job.

“Richard understands the vital nature that rail plays in our national supply chain and recognises the key part the community and our stakeholders have in shaping the successful delivery of the project,” Fullerton said.

Fullerton also thanked ARTC’s group executive for interstate, Peter Winder, for his stewardship of the Inland Rail Program as interim CEO.

“Peter has guided the project team through its establishment phase since 2015 and has been instrumental in the achievement of significant milestones not the least bringing the project to construction on the Parkes to Narromine section of Inland Rail,” Fullerton said.

Wankmuller gets started on April 23, and will be based out of the ARTC’s Brisbane office. Winder will return to lead the Interstate business unit on July 1.

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