Leighton Holdings announces senior management changes

Australia-based Leighton Holdings Limited has appointed Stephen Johns as chairman and Hamish Tyrwhitt as CEO and managing director.

Stephen Johns succeeds David Mortimer as chairman, who has resigned from the board. Johns has been an independent non-executive director and chairman of Leighton’s audit committee since 2009. He is also a non-executive director of Westfield Holdings Limited and Brambles Limited, and chairman of Spark Infrastructure.

Hamish Tyrwhitt will succeed Stewart and act in the role with immediate effect. Tyrwhitt started his 26 year career with the group at John Holland and has subsequently worked for Leighton International, Leighton Contractors and Leighton Asia. Tyrwhitt was appointed managing director of Leighton Asia in 2007 and, in 2011, was given responsibility for the Indian and offshore operations of the group.

The company has also announced that Bob Cooke, currently general manager commercial for Leighton Asia, will be appointed acting head of Leighton Asia / Leighton Asia, India and Offshore.