Top-ranking Aurizon executive Clayton McDonald is to take over the wheel from Kim Lindsay as CEO of Lindsay Australia, effective from July 17.
Lindsay announced in February that he plans to step away from the business as he heads into retirement.
McDonald has extensive leadership experience in the transport and logistics sector, and is currently group executive for Aurizon’s bulk business.
He has held a number of senior executive positions at Aurizon since 2008, prior to which he was employed at Toll Group between 2001 and 2008.
McDonald holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
A company statement said McDonald was selected following a competitive search process which considered a number of highly experienced internal and external candidates.
Chair, Ian Williams said:“Clay McDonald is an outstanding leader with an impressive track record in operational, commercial and customer-facing roles in transport and logistics.
“He has demonstrated experience growing businesses both organically and through acquisitions, which aligns to Lindsay Australia’s growth objectives.”
Williams said that Kim Lindsay’s 20 years as managing director and CEO have built the foundations for an enduringly successful business and he leaves Lindsay Australia in a strong position to achieve our ambitions for profitable growth.
“It is testament to Kim’s contribution to the group that Lindsay Australia has been able to attract a new CEO of Clay McDonald’s calibre to lead the business in its next stage of continued operational improvement and growth.
“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Kim for his distinguished service to the business and his dedication to the success of Lindsay Australia.”