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Infrastructure veteran appointed new Melbourne Airport chair

written by Jake Nelson | June 18, 2024

Christine O’Reilly. (Image: Stockland)

Melbourne Airport’s parent company Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC) has appointed a new chair as Peter Hay prepares to step down.

Christine O’Reilly, who has held positions at organisations such as BHP, Stockland, Transurban and Infrastructure Victoria, will replace Hay at APAC – owner of both Melbourne and Launceston Airports – as of 1 October. Hay has served as APAC chair for the last five years.

APAC CEO Lorie Argus said O’Reilly’s appointment comes at a good time for Melbourne Airport, which is embarking on a major 10-year capital works program.

“Her knowledge of and experience in the infrastructure sector is extensive, and that experience will be essential to our success as we grow Melbourne and Launceston Airports so they can serve their growing markets,” she said.

“Our plans for growth include a third runway, new roads and upgrades that will make our terminals even better for passengers.

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“Coupled with her expertise in the financial services industry, Christine’s experience and skills complement our already strong track record in executing large-scale projects.”

Argus also thanked Hay for his service during his tenure as chair, saying he had established a strong foundation on which O’Reilly could build.

“Peter has led APAC through a tumultuous few years, and his proven performance in business and his decisiveness and integrity have been assets to the company,” she said.

“Peter has guided APAC’s recovery from COVID-19, with Launceston achieving one of the fastest capacity recoveries in the nation and Melbourne Airport the first capital city airport to exceed 100 per cent of pre-pandemic capacity in the international market.

“We are extremely fortunate to have benefited from Peter’s leadership, and I am grateful for his years of service, wisdom and advice.”

O’Reilly said she is looking forward to taking up the position.

“Melbourne Airport is one of Victoria’s most important assets and, as a proud Melburnian, it’s a wonderful opportunity to be part of this business at such a pivotal time,” she said.

“I enjoy the challenge of delivering large-scale capital projects, and as Chair of APAC I look forward to leading Melbourne and Launceston Airports through an incredible growth period and working with my new colleagues on the APAC Board and leadership team.”

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