ADELAIDE, South Australia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 11, 2013-- Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) (NYSE: GWR) today announced that Greg Pauline has assumed leadership of its Australian business as Managing Director of Genesee & Wyoming Australia Pty Ltd. (GWA). GWA operates nearly 5,000 km of railroad in South Australia and the Northern Territory, including the 2,200-km Tarcoola to Darwin line that links the Port of Darwin to the interstate rail network in South Australia.
Mr. Pauline has worked in senior roles with three major Australian corporations: 11 years at Transfield (ASX: TSE), seven years at Downer EDI (ASX: DOW) and a combined seven years with Lend Lease Group (ASX: LLC) where he was most recently Executive Director of Development and Corporate Affairs for its Infrastructure Services business. He has lived and worked in Indonesia, Malaysia and India, including as Chief Executive Officer of a joint venture between Leighton International and Thiess Pty Ltd and as Managing Director, Bilfinger Berger India. Mr. Pauline is a graduate of Sydney University with a degree in Civil Engineering.
He succeeds Bert Easthope, who served as GWA’s Managing Director for the past eight years, leading its growth into G&W’s largest operating region and achieving a world-class safety record. Mr. Easthope now transitions to a strategic development role as GWA continues to build its business throughout Australia.
“Over the past eight years, GWA’s business and safety performance have excelled under Bert’s leadership, including the successful integration of FreightLink and a significant expansion of our iron ore operations,” said G&W President and Chief Executive Officer Jack Hellmann. “We look forward to his continued success in helping to expand GWA’s business.”
“Greg Pauline brings outstanding experience to GWA,” Hellmann continued. “He has a wide-ranging background in business management and development and has led a number of major infrastructure initiatives in his career. As GWA continues to expand its important economic and social role in Australia, we’re excited to have Greg leading the business.”
A wholly owned subsidiary of G&W, GWA provides rail haulage of bulk commodities including iron ore, grain, gypsum, copper and other minerals as well as daily interstate intermodal service, shunting and terminal operations. GWA operates nearly 5,000 km of track and owns over 3,500 km, including the 2,200-km Tarcoola to Darwin rail line linking the Port of Darwin with the Australian interstate rail network. An accredited rail-service provider across all of mainland Australia, GWA also provides open-access rail services to other rail operators on its track and terminal infrastructure. GWA has more than 400 employees, 95 locomotives and 950 freight wagons and serves six ports in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
G&W owns and operates short line and regional freight railroads in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium. In addition, G&W operates the 1,400-mile Tarcoola to Darwin rail line, which links the Port of Darwin with the Australian interstate rail network in South Australia. Operations currently include 111 railroads organized in 11 regions, with more than 15,000 miles of owned and leased track, 4,500 employees and over 2,000 customers. We provide rail service at 35 ports in North America, Australia and Europe and perform contract coal loading and railcar switching for industrial customers.
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