Surprise appointment at KiwiRail

National rail carrier gains new chief executive.
Greg Miller.

The KiwiRail board has appointed former chairman Greg Miller as group chief executive.

Acting chairman Brian Corban says the appointment sends a strong signal of the positive change occurring at KiwiRail.

“Having a leader of the calibre of Mr Miller at the helm, with a strong, strategic relationship between board and management, sets a pathway for success that will benefit our customers, our people and the New Zealand public.”

Mr Corban, a founding member of the KiwiRail board in 2008 who returned to the organisation in 2018, says there were a number of strong contenders for the chief executive role but the board did not find the specific combination of skills required across commercial, supply chain, rail, international experience, leadership and transformation.

“At the end of an international search by recruitment company Kerridge & Partners, the Board made the decision that Mr Miller, as group chief executive, was the best way to lead the organisation forward.

“We have found a leader with an unrivalled set of global experience in supply chain, a history with rail, domestic transport expertise, and who has led companies through significant growth and transformation.

“We will all work closely together as several major projects now come to fruition, including the replacement of KiwiRail’s Interislander ferry fleet, the need for a major rolling stock replacement programme and new initiatives such as the reopening of the Napier to Wairoa line, an $80 million investment in our tourism services and a new multi-modal hub in the Palmerston North region.

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