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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. In 2017, Paul took part in the Hawaiian Ride for Youth for the first time spending five days riding 700 kilometres from Geraldton to Perth to raise money for the important charity and is participating again in 2018.

Paul Larsen

Chief Executive Officer

Joining Arc Infrastructure in 2012, Megan leads the safety and environment, corporate affairs, training and human resources part of the business.

Megan brings 25 years of experience to her role, spanning the resources, automotive, energy and rail industries across Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

Megan is on the Australasian Railway Association's Rail Workforce Development Committee, the Australian Logistics Council's (ALC) Infrastructure and People Committees and is an alternate director on the ALC Board.

A strong supporter of workplace diversity, Megan mentors men and women at all career stages and is Chair of the National Association of Women in Operations.

Megan McCracken

General Manager Safety, People and Corporate Affairs

Neil Hamel brings 40 years of experience in rail and logistics operations to Arc Infrastructure, with a career that has seen him working across WA, Queensland and Sierra Leone.

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’s role covers the management of all customer interface services within our business, including contracts, delivery and operations. He does this with endless energy and enthusiasm.

Neil Hamel

General Manager Customer Operations

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 Asset Management and Projects, Paul oversees the engineering, asset strategy and planning, and maintenance part of our business.

Paul Lowney

General Manager Asset Management and Projects

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

With almost 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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