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(Sydney, Australia – 16 October 2008) Coffey International Limited today announced its new executive team that will lead the company through its next phase of growth to become truly global by 2020.

The new Coffey Executive Team is made up of seven functional positions reporting to managing director Roger Olds, including three new appointments to the company.

Coffey International Limited managing director Roger Olds said he was very excited to announce the new team.

“The external search has yielded excellent executives who bring large global company experience to Coffey. In addition to their experience and knowledge, they are passionate about Coffey and its strategic direction. These appointments will add immediate value to the functional support of our global operations.”

Bob Simpson, previously corporate development officer, has been named director of corporate development. Bob is a long term Coffey person and was a member of the Board from 1996 to 2000.

Pamela Young, who joined Coffey in February as the architect of the company’s transformational growth program, Platform For Growth (PFG), has been appointed PFG director. Pamela has a wealth of experience working with global businesses, and has a particular passion working in the professional services industry.

Debbie Goodin will continue as acting chief financial officer until such time as an external candidate is appointed. Debbie decided not to apply for the permanent role as she eventually wishes to return to work in the corporate development team. The search for a permanent chief financial officer is advancing well, while Debbie continues to do an excellent job acting in this role.

The newly created director of business development is Mark Croudace. Mark brings a wealth of experience to the business development role, having spent the past 10 years specialising in business development with Ernst and Young. His most recent role was partner of Ernst and Young, based in New Zealand.

Commenting on his desire to join Coffey, Mark said: “I was looking for a great company that has the people and potential to grow and really lead in the global market. Coffey is clearly that organisation. It’s already a very well respected and established professional services firm and when examined in terms of the global market and its positioning, Coffey’s potential is truly inspiring.”

Stephen Dunkerley takes the role of director of systems. Stephen was previously CIO at the Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation and, before that, general manager technology services with KBR Asia Pacific.

Stephen commented: “I see Coffey as a business that has been widely recognised across the industry as a model of success, not only in its core business and quality of service, but as an employer of choice that also walks the talk on social and environmental accountability. I look forward to working with the global systems team to develop and deliver on a strategy that will enable the business to achieve its vision.”

Mark Newton has been appointed director of people and culture and brings more than 15 years’ experience as a senior executive specialising in human resources across different parts of the globe with Microsoft.

Mark said: “A wise person once said to me that organisations don’t exist, people do. That’s why I am looking forward to working with smart people and continuing to build a great place to work at Coffey.”

The seventh role, director of operations, is still being finalised and an appointment is expected by mid November.

All of the new executive roles commence on 27 October.

Biographies of new appointements to Coffey

Mark Newton – Director of People & Culture

“I am very excited to be joining Coffey International as it “ticks a lot of boxes” for me. Coffey is a successful Australian company with a solid global growth strategy and vision in place, while at the same time having social impact in countries in which it operates. It is values-based, which is pretty rare in today’s business world and it has a solid Platform For Growth strategy in place - all big ticks. A wise person once said to me that organisations don’t exist, people do and that’s why I am looking forward to working with smart people and continuing to build a great place to work at Coffey. Finally, I’m looking forward to being part of an executive team which is committed to bringing about change while continuing to be successful, as this will yield the greatest results. I look forward to starting the process of meeting you all after 27 October.”

Mark Newton
Director of People & Culture (elect)
Coffey International Limited

Recent History

Mark is a senior executive with a very strong background in human resources. He spent more than 15 years at Microsoft where, prior to him gaining some firsthand commercial experience leading the NSW Public Sector Business, he held a number of executive HR positions throughout the world. He held positions of regional HR development based in the Asia Pacific region, regional HR director based at Microsoft’s headquarters in Seattle and also looked after the HR direction for Africa, Middle East and Europe regions. More recently, he was Asia Pacific and Australia/New Zealand HR director.

As a senior executive he sat on the senior leadership team and was involved in all aspects of human resources from recruiting to learning and development; change management to business planning; strategy-setting to individual coaching.

Before joining Microsoft, Mark worked at Honeywell, where he was the learning and development manager for three years and prior to this Mark was employed in the NSW Department of Youth and Community Services, holding a variety of positions from deputy superintendent of a juvenile detention facility, learning and development manager and child protection.

Mark has also served as a member of the editorial board for HR Magazine, various judging roles for educational bodies, member of two NSW Innovation Steering Committees, and has a degree in Social Science from the University of New England.

Mark Croudace – Director of Business Development

“Roger Olds asked why I was looking forward to joining Coffey. Finding the answer was easy. I was looking for a great company that has the people and potential to grow and really lead in the global market. Coffey is clearly that organisation. It’s already a very well respected and established professional services firm and when examined in terms of the global market and its positioning, Coffey’s potential is truly inspiring. I am excited at the prospect of leveraging my past experience, to benefit a firm which is so well positioned for future growth globally.”

Mark Croudace
Director of Business Development (elect)
Coffey International Limited

Recent History

Having spent approximately 15 years focused on business growth within professional services, Mark’s most recent role was as a partner of Ernst and Young (E&Y), based in New Zealand. In that role, he focused on turning around and growing the firm across all services and enjoyed building and leading the following teams for the firm: 

  • Business Development 
  • Marketing 
  • Research 
  • Corporate Priority Accounts 
  • Government Priority Accounts and the 
  • Strategic Growth Market team across all aspects of the firm.

Prior to relocating with E&Y to New Zealand, Mark helped build and lead the E&Y Australia Business Development team and was actively involved in the Global Sales Operating Committee. He was also instrumental in initiating and leading the multi-million dollar E&Y relationship with Macquarie Bank. Going back further, Mark enjoyed working in the engineering sector, undertaking process design and negotiating contracts for large scale customised pollution control systems with many global oil, gas, mining and industrial corporations including Shell, BHP, ICI and Mannesmann.

Mark holds an MBA, a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and attended an Executive Program at Kellogg Business School (Chicago).

Stephen Dunkerley – Director of Systems

“I saw Coffey as a business that had been widely recognised across the industry as a model of success, not only in its core business and quality of service, but as an employer of choice that also walks the talk on social and environmental accountability. Professionals at all levels in the Asia Pacific engineering services community, aspire to be part of the Coffey experience as a career goal. I am therefore especially honoured and very excited to join Coffey and its team, and the opportunity to contribute to the transformational Platform For Growth programme. As Coffey builds on its unprecedented success and positions itself for global expansion, I am impressed with the clear vision, and most importantly the organisational and underlying team strength Coffey has to deliver on its goals. I look forward to working with the global systems team to develop and deliver on a strategy that will enable Coffey to achieve its vision.”

Stephen Dunkerley
Director of Systems (elect)
Coffey International Limited

Recent History

As the director of systems with Coffey, Stephen brings international experience in the delivery of technology support to global engineering services and construction businesses, and a clear strategic focus and orientation for action. As a business technology team leader he was most recently the chief information officer at the Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation (TIDA), and previously he was general manager technology services with KBR Asia Pacific. Prior to this he was a consultant and project management professional with Kinhill and Halliburton – all of which provide a compelling fit with Coffey. Drawing on this experience and an earlier career as an officer in the Australian army, Stephen also has a passion for promoting and supporting innovation in technology service delivery, and the professional growth and development of people in the teams he works with.
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