Aurizon Holdings has named Keith Neate as its Chief Financial Officer. This follows his short tenure as acting CFO which began in November last year.
Aurizon Managing Director and CEO Lance Hockridge said that Neate’s appointment follows an extensive national and international recruitment process.
"Keith has been instrumental in the delivery of a number of key initiatives at the Company including the recent negotiation of a suite of long-term customer contracts for our coal business,” Hockridge said in a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
"He is well-positioned to lead the Company's finance function in Aurizon's next phase of transformation and growth."
Neate joined Aurizon in August 2011 to head the finance area for the coal business. He has been acting CFO since November 2012.
Before joining Aurizon, he was the CFO at Virgin Blue for eight years and prior to that spent fifteen years at KPMG working in a variety of senior roles in Australia and the United Kingdom.