Ausdrill names new MD/CEO

Mark Norwell has been appointed as Ausdrill’s next managing director and chief executive officer to replace Ron Sayers.

Norwell was, until recently, the executive general manager – strategy and growth at Thiess, and a member of Thiess’ executive leadership team.

Over a 20-year career in the mining services sector, he has held senior roles with Leighton Contractors, HWE Mining and Macmahon Holdings. He will start in the role at Ausdrill on September 17.

Ausdrill chairman Ian Cochrane said: “We are delighted to have attracted a candidate of Mark Norwell’s calibre, and are confident he is the right person to lead Ausdrill into its next phase of growth.

“Mark has a strong understanding of the increasingly global nature of the mining services industry, having led operations, strategy and growth across several international jurisdictions over the course of his career.

“Mark’s strong experience and unique perspectives in developing businesses in new markets, coupled with an extremely high-quality, dedicated executive team, creates the opportunity for Ausdrill to embark on a new era.”

Sayers will finish as MD and CEO of Ausdrill on July 3. Ausdrill chief financial officer Theresa Mlikota has been named interim CEO until Norwell starts in the leadership position.

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