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Pacific National CEO announces resignation

Pacific National’s managing director and CEO Paul Scurrah has announced his impending resignation from the freight rail company.

The Pacific National leader will step away from his role on December 31 this year after joining the business in April 2021.

Scurrah announced his resignation via LinkedIn, saying he embraced the challenge of navigating the business throughout COVID and stabilising Pacific National to be a “modern and progressive company”.

“It’s with mixed emotions that I announce my resignation as the managing director and CEO of Pacific National effective December 31, 2024,” Scurrah says.

“This decision has not been an easy one for me, as leading this remarkable company has been a highlight of my career.

“However, after much reflection and considering, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is the right time for me to hand over to a new CEO who can continue to build positive momentum and ensure Pacific National continues on its journey to realise its enormous potential.”

Upon reflecting on his time at the helm of the national freight rail operator, Scurrah says restoring customer confidence and establishing a culture that reflects the company’s values have been highlights.

“I’m proud to say that we have made great progress as a business and I take particular pride in the team that I have built around me. Their unwavering commitment and drive ensures we remain on the path to success,” he says.

“Importantly, we also strengthened our safety culture, which recently saw us champion a national awareness campaign on  dangerous level crossings while honouring our colleagues who tragically lost their lives when a truck collided with their train earlier this year.

“These endeavours have been captured by our PNA, a program that has been embraced by the whole company and become part of our everyday language.”

While Scurrah will step away from the business at the end of the year, he says there’s still plenty to be done before he wraps up his time at Pacific National.

“There are still many things I intend to achieve between now and December and the team and I are focused on those tasks,” he says.

“I am very excited by the prospects of what we can achieve in 2024 and I look forward to working with all of you on this.

“I am extremely grateful to the board and shareholders of Pacific National and to our loyal customer base. I feel privilege to have led the wonderful PacNat people and appreciate the contribution each member of the team makes. Your commitment to the PNA has been something I have watched with pride.

“Thank you all very much for your continued support.”