KiwiRail appoints Jim Quinn as CEO

This from the NBR… 

KiwiRail Group's announcement of Jim Quinn as its new group chief executive has surprised industry sources, who expected current acting CEO William Peet to continue in the role.

KiwiRail and Kiwibank chairman Jim Bolger announced Mr Quinn as the new chief executive yesterday. Mr Bolger has worked closely with Mr Quinn before; Mr Quinn is currently CEO of Express Couriers Limited, a joint venture between New Zealand Post and DHL. Mr Bolger is chairman of New Zealand Post and Express Couriers.

"Jim Quinn combines experience in the private sector and with a major state owned enterprise. He brings to the rail industry experience from his work in the postal, electricity and transport sectors as well as a strong customer service dimension from the courier business,” Mr Bolger says.

Awesome stuff! Kiwirail needs vision and leadership. Jim will surely do this. He also has industry knowledge to actually work along side transport companies as customers and to improve the service.

All that said, a political hot potato to have with a new government. I wish Jim all the best.