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QR Chairman John Prescott today announced the appointment of global steel executive Lance Hockridge as the corporation’s new CEO.
Lance is currently the President North America of BlueScope Steel, a position which includes responsibility for BlueScope’s European and Middle East operations.
"The Board has been engaged in an extensive national and international search for a global executive of this calibre and is thrilled to have secured Lance’s services," Mr Prescott said
Lance has an enviable record of achievement in senior transport, operational, manufacturing and human resource roles in BlueScope Steel and the BHP Billiton Group.
He is most recently credited by BlueScope with having led a major turnaround of safety, production and financial performance in the BlueScope business in North America.
We believe he has driven a strong customer service and commercial focus through the BlueScope business. These credentials are critical to the transformation QR is undertaking.
Significantly, one of Lance’s previous roles was Group General Manager of BHP Transport worldwide, where he enjoyed a strong relationship with QR. He was also previously the chief of BHP’s Newcastle Steelworks and later President of the division responsible for the Port Kembla Steelworks and for New Zealand Steel.
"QR is a strong business operating in a national transport market undergoing tremendous growth and diversity. We are clearly focused on the opportunities ahead and the role Lance will play in leading the business forward. A start date will be announced shortly.
Today from his home in the United States, Lance said: "I am very excited and delighted to be joining QR and looking forward to leading the corporation through its next stage of growth and development."
Chief Operating Officer Steve Cantwell will continue to act as the CEO until Lance commences with QR.
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