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leadership team

leadership team

As Chief Executive Officer, Paul Larsen leads the team at Arc Infrastructure in managing and operating critical transport infrastructure assets that drive economic growth in Western Australia.

Since being appointed to the leadership role, Paul has led the transformation of both the rail network and the broader business. Around $2 billion has been invested into the open access rail network to modernise its operations, enable new customers to get their product to market and increase freight transported on rail by 113 per cent. Over this time the business has changed significantly transitioning the workplace in to one that is more open, collaborative and forward-thinking. This transformation has been recognised by industry, the company most recently receiving the Most Ambitious Company in Gender Diversity award from Engineers Australia.

Paul recognises the significance of Arc Infrastructure’s role in managing significant transport infrastructure and wants to make a positive difference in the communities across the state.

Paul sits on the board of Youth Focus, an independent West Australian not-for-profit working to stop youth suicide. Paul has taken part in the Hawaiian Ride for Youth for the past two years to raise money for the important charity and will be participating again in 2019.

Paul Larsen

Chief Executive Officer

Neil Hamel brings 43 years of experience in rail and logistics operations to Arc Infrastructure, with a career that has seen him working across WA, Queensland and West Africa.

Twenty of those years were spent in the movement of major bulk commodities such as iron ore, grain and alumina.

His strong leadership skills were developed in roles with BHP Billiton, Pacific National and African Minerals in both logistics and the management of train crews, train controllers, track crews and shunting teams.

Joining us in 2012, Neil has moved from his previous role of looking after Customer Services into a new challenge of looking after the Works Delivery Team. He does this with endless energy and enthusiasm.


Neil Hamel

General Manager Works Delivery

Paul joined us in 2008 and has led a number of projects including our Midwest Rail Upgrade project which increased the rail network’s capacity to support both iron ore and agricultural sectors in the region.

The success of the Midwest Rail Upgrade led to Paul, who has 20 years of experience across all aspects of railway infrastructure in both Australia and Europe, being appointed General Manager Infrastructure.

Now in the role of General Manager Network Strategy and Customer Operations, Paul oversees the Engineering, Planning, Network Control and Customer teams.


Paul Lowney

General Manager Network Strategy and Customer Operations

Branden is responsible for driving innovation and technology at Arc Infrastructure.

With over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, consultant and senior executive, Branden has worked across IT, industrial automation, financial services and telecommunications.

He has consulted on intelligent transport, smart card systems, technology strategies and system development. Branden has also held leadership positions in multinational finance and technology companies.

Branden holds an MBA, Honours Degree in Commerce and Diplomas in Engineering and Computer Science.

Branden Dekenah

Director Technology
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