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Treasurer Tim Nicholls announced David Quinn had been named Executive Director of Projects Queensland. Mr Nicholls said:
"Mr Quinn has more than 20 years' experience in negotiating and delivering major projects across both the private and public sectors. He has worked across a range of sectors from rail and shipping through to mining and gas transmission.
"Projects Queensland has an important role in delivering on the government's promise to provide better infrastructure and planning. It's a vital agency for driving priority projects and in identifying innovative ways to fund projects, including through the private sector.
"Mr Quinn's commercial acumen and demonstrated project management expertise means he is the ideal person to lead Projects Queensland at this critical time when the Government is pushing forward on major projects, such as the Bus and Train Tunnel and the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.
"His appointment will help deliver this government's strong plan to support our growing economy."
Mr Quinn's career has involved roles with Asciano, the APA Group and BHP Billiton.
He has a legal background working as a Major Projects Infrastructure Lawyer for Herbert Smith Freehills. Most recently, he had been consulting to Tasmanian Railways.
Mr Quinn replaces former Projects Queensland head Dave Stewart.
Mr Nicholls said the Government had taken several months to undertake a detailed search for the right person to lead Projects Queensland. He said:
"We were seeking a balance of experience in project management, commercial transactions, negotiation, stakeholder management and leadership,"
"Mr Quinn is part of driving a new direction within Queensland Treasury and Trade to be more commercially and externally focused to support the Government's renewal agenda. He joins a strong leadership team and complements other new appointments, including Warwick Agnew from Transfield Services as Chief Operating Officer."