Arc Infrastructure last week named Murray Cook as its newly appointed CEO, effective 1 January 2020. Cook spoke to Rail Express about his priorities for the new year.
Cook has been executive director at Arc Infrastructure, which manages Western Australia’s freight rail network, since January 2019. Prior to this, he spent two years as vice president of operations at Brookfield Infrastructure Group Australia, parent company of Arc Infrastructure.
Having held senior positions within Arc Infrastructure and Brookfield for almost 10 years Cook has significant internal experience. He also spent five years with Brookfield Rail in the senior positions of General Manager Finance and General Manager Strategy and Development.
“One of our biggest assets is the knowledge and experience of our people,” Cook said, speaking to Rail Express.
“One of my focuses next year will be looking at how we can utlise this, coupled with the data we are gathering and analysing, to continuously improve our operations and asset management.”
“It is an exciting time for our business and our people and I look forward to continuing to build on the outstanding legacy that Paul (Larsen, former CEO) leaves by continuing to pursue the growth projects Arc has been focused on in recent times.”
Cook commenced his career with KPMG’s taxation practice and subsequently held senior positions in operational, commercial and project areas at Alinta, WestNet Infrastructure Group and Fortescue Metals.
He holds a Bachelors of Laws and Commerce from Murdoch University and a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment (FINSIA). He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Cook has spent over 20 years developing broad business experience in the resources and infrastructure sectors. With such expansive industry experience, he is sure to bring a few ideas to the role of CEO.