CIMIC Group Board

  • Marcelino Fernández Verdes

    Executive Chairman, MEng (Civil)
    Appointed Executive Chairman in June 2014 having been a Non-executive Director from October 2012 until March 2014. Mr Fernández Verdes was CEO and Managing Director of the Company from March 2014 until October 2016.
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    Mr Fernández Verdes studied construction engineering at the University of Barcelona and has held a variety of positions in the construction industry since 1984.

    In 1994, he became General Manager of OCP and in 1997, he became General Manager of ACS Proyectos, Obras y Construcciones, and then took over as Chairman and CEO in 2000. Following the merger between Grupo ACS and Grupo Dragados in 2003, Mr Fernández Verdes took office as Chairman and CEO of Dragados S.A. He served as Chairman and CEO of Construction, Environment and Concessions at ACS Actividades de Construcción y Servicios S.A. from 2006.


    Mr Fernández Verdes was appointed to the Executive Committee of the ACS Group in 2000, and as Chairman and CEO of ACS Servicios y Concesiones, S.L. (Chairman and CEO) in 2006. Mr Fernández Verdes has been a member of the Executive Board of HOCHTIEF AG in Essen since April 2012. In November 2012, he was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of HOCHTIEF AG and assumed responsibility for the HOCHTIEF Asia Pacific division. In May 2017, he became a member of the Board of Directors of ACS Group, as CEO. Since May 2018, he has been the President of the Board of Directors of Abertis.

  • Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, CIMIC Group Limited

    Juan Santamaria

    Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, MEng (Civil)
    Appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director on 5 February 2020. Juan Santamaria has extensive international experience in the delivery of large and complex construction, services and PPP projects.
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    With more than 18 years’ experience managing diverse businesses, Juan has been responsible for projects and businesses in Australia, Europe, North America, Latin America and South Africa. He has held several senior executive positions, his last being Managing Director of CPB Contractors. Prior to that, Juan held roles as Managing Director of UGL, Executive General Manager PPPs and Construction West at CPB Contractors, Chief Executive Officer of Iridium, and Chief Executive Officer of ACS Infrastructure North America.


    Juan holds a Master of Engineering (Civil). 

  • Russell Chenu

    Independent Non-executive Director, BCom, MBA, CPA
    Appointed Independent Non-executive Director in June 2014. Mr Chenu is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability Committee and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
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    Mr Chenu has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

    Mr Chenu is an experienced corporate and finance professional executive who previously held senior finance and management positions with a number of ASX-listed companies. In a number of these senior roles, he was engaged in significant strategic business planning and business change, including several turnarounds, new market expansions and management leadership initiatives.


    Mr Chenu was CFO of James Hardie Industries plc from 2004 to 2013. As CFO, he was responsible for accounting, treasury, taxation, corporate finance, information technology and systems, and procurement.


    Mr Chenu is a Director of the following additional ASX-listed entities: Metro Performance Glass Limited (since July 2014), James Hardie Industries plc (since August 2014) and Reliance Worldwide Corporation Limited (since April 2016).
  • José-Luis del Valle Pérez

    Non-executive Director, LLB
    Appointed Non-executive Director in March 2014. Mr del Valle Pérez is a member of the Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability Committee and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
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    Mr del Valle Pérez completed a degree in Law from the University Complutense of Madrid in 1971 and, since 1974, has been Abogado del Estado de España (State Attorney of Spain). He has been a Member of the Bar Association of Madrid since 1976.


    As Spanish State Attorney he performed his duties in the Delegations of the Ministry of Finance and the Courts of Justice of Burgos and of Toledo, and in the Legal Departments of the Ministry of Health and of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

    Mr del Valle Pérez was previously a Director of the legal department of the political party UCD (from 1977 to 1981) and a Member of the Parliament (Congreso de los Diputados) of Spain (from 1979 to 1982). He was also Deputy Minister for Territorial Administration from 1981 to 1982.


    Since 1983 Mr del Valle Pérez has been a Director of and/or legal advisor to many Spanish companies, including Banesto (merged with Banco Santander), Continental Industrias del Caucho (a subsidiary of Continental AG), Fococafé and Continental Hispánica (a subsidiary of Continental Grain Inc).


    Mr del Valle Pérez is a member and Board Secretary of ACS Group and a number of its subsidiaries, is a Director and Board Secretary of Dragados, S.A. and is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of HOCHTIEF AG.

  • Pedro López Jiménez

    Non‐executive Director, MEng (Civil), MBA
    Appointed Non-executive Director in March 2014. Mr López Jiménez is a member of the Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability Committee and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
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    Mr López Jiménez is Ingeniero de Caminos Canales y Puertos and an MBA from IESE Business School, Madrid. He has been awarded the Grand Cross of Isabel La Católica.


    During his career Mr López Jiménez has held the following positions: General Director of Ports for the Ministry of Public Works (Spain), Secretary of State of Urban Affairs and Public Works (Spain), Board Member of Instituto Nacional de Industria (State owned holding company), Manager of the Thermal Plant Constructions in Hidroelectrica Española, CEO of Empresarios Agrupados (thermal and nuclear plants engineering and construction management), Chairman and CEO of Endesa S.A., Board Member of Unión Eléctrica S.A. and Empresa Nacional Hidroelectrica de la Ribagorçana, Chairman of Unión Fenosa S.A., Vice Chairman of Indra Sistemas S.A., Board Member of CESPA, Board Member of ENCE S.A., Board Member of Keller Group plc, and Chairman of Gtceisu Construcción S.A. 
    Additionally, he was the founder of CEOE (Confederation of Spanish Industries), Member of its first Executive Committee, founder and first Chairman of FEIE (Federation of Spanish Utility Companies), Board Member of Club Español de Energía (Spanish Energy Association) and Board Member of the Alcala University.


    Mr López Jiménez is currently a Board Member of ACS Group and Vice Chairman of its Executive Committee, Vice Chairman of Dragados S.A., Vice Chairman of ACS Services y Concesiones S.A., Vice Chairman ACS Servicios Communicaniones y Energia S.A., Chair of Supervisory Board of HOCHTIEF AG, and Board Member of Abertis. Mr López Jiménez is also Chairman of the Royal Board of the National Library of Spain and Board Member of the Malaga Picasso Musuem. 


    Mr López Jiménez is currently the 1st Vice-Chairman of the European Club Association (E.C.A) and Vice Chairman of the Real Madrid Football Club.
  • Ángel Muriel

    Alternate Director, PhD in Applied Economics
    Appointed Alternate Director for Mr Sassenfeld. 
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    Mr Muriel joined the ACS group in 1995, and has held a number of global senior executive positions. From 2002 to 2006 Mr Muriel was the CFO of Iridium in Chile. He then went on to work in North America until 2011, where he was the CFO of ACS Infrastructure Development Inc., the ACS Group’s PPP operations, in North America.


    In 2011 Mr Muriel was the CFO of Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras, S.A., in Madrid, Spain, the concession-arm of ACS Group. In 2012, he became Head of Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions at HOCHTIEF AG, in Essen, Germany, until April 2014 when he joined CIMIC Group, in Sydney, Australia, as Chief Development Officer and Managing Director of Pacific Partnerships. In addition to these roles, from June 2015 to May 2017, Mr Muriel was CIMIC Group’s Chief Financial Officer.


    Since June 2017, Mr Muriel has a senior role at the ACS in Madrid, Spain.

  • David Robinson

    Non-executive Director, MCom, BEc, FCA, CTA
    Appointed Non-executive Director in December 1990.
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    Mr Robinson is a Member of the Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability Committee. He was previously an Alternate Director for Mr López Jiménez (from June 2014 to 31 October 2017) and Mr Peter Sassenfeld (from November 2011 to June 2013).


    Mr Robinson is a graduate of the University of Sydney and a registered company auditor and tax agent. He is a chartered accountant and Partner of ESV Accounting and Business Advisors, which advises local and overseas companies with interests in Australia. He is also principal of Harveys Consulting. Mr Robinson is a Director of Catholic Schools NSW Limited.


    Mr Robinson is a Director of HOCHTIEF Australia and was a former Director of Leighton Properties from May 2000 to August 2012. He was a Trustee of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, the responsible entity for the health, aged care and education works of the Sisters of Charity in Australia. 


    Mr Robinson is the Chairman of ASX listed entity Devine Limited (Chairman since January 2016 and a Director since May 2015).

  • Peter-Wilhelm Sassenfeld

    Non-executive Director, MBA
    Appointed Non-executive Director in November 2011. Mr Sassenfeld is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
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    Mr Sassenfeld has an MBA from the University of Saarland. Mr Sassenfeld was appointed as the CFO of HOCHTIEF AG in November 2011 and is also the CFO of HOCHTIEF Solutions AG. Mr Sassenfeld is a Director of HOCHTIEF Australia, The Turner Corporation and Flatiron Holding Inc.


    Mr Sassenfeld has previously worked as the CFO of Ferrostaal AG and Krauss Maffei AG and in senior finance roles at Bayer AG and the Mannesmann Group.

  • Robert Seidler AM

    Alternate Director, LLB
    Appointed Alternate Director for Mr del Valle Pérez in June 2014. 
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    Mr Seidler was previously an Alternate Director for Mr Sassenfeld (from June 2014 to 31 October 2017). Mr Seidler AM has served as an Alternate Director for a number of HOCHTIEF-nominated directors dating back to November 2003. 


    He has a degree in Law from the University of Sydney and is a former partner of Ashurst. 


    Mr Seidler AM has over 40 years’ experience as a lawyer, non-executive director on listed and unlisted companies in industries as diverse as funds management, banking, investment banking, hotel management as well as serving on government committees in both Australia and Japan.


    Mr Seidler AM is the Vice President of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee, Chairman of Hunter Philip Japan Limited and is the New South Wales Government’s Special Envoy to Japan. Mr Seidler AM has also been made a member of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan.


    Mr Seidler AM was appointed as a Director of HOCHTIEF Australia in November 2011. He was a Director of Investa Office Fund Management (from July 2016 to December 2018) and Investa Listed Funds Management Limited (from April 2016 to December 2018). He was the Chairman of Leighton Asia (from November 2011 to September 2012) and a Director of Leighton Properties (from May 2010 to August 2012) and Leighton International (from November 2009 to November 2011).

  • Kathryn Spargo

    Independent Non-executive Director, LLB (Hons), BA, FAICD
    Appointed Non-executive Director in September 2017. Ms Spargo is Chairman of the Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability Committee and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and a is member of the Audit and Risk Committee. 
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    Ms Spargo holds a Bachelor of Law with Honours and an Arts degree from the University of Adelaide. She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


    Ms Spargo has broad commercial experience, both in advisory roles (having worked in legal practice in the public and private sectors), and as a director of listed and unlisted companies.


    Ms Spargo is a Director of the following additional ASX listed companies: Xenith IP Ltd (since April 2017), Sigma Healthcare Limited (since December 2015), Sonic Healthcare Limited (since July 2010) and Adairs Limited (since May 2015).

    She is also a director of the Geelong Football Club, Coinvest Ltd and Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre. Ms Spargo’s previous Board positions include Chairman of UGL, as well as directorships at Fulton Hogan, SMEC Holdings, Fletcher Building, Pacific Hydro, Suncorp Portfolio Services, IOOF, Investec Bank, and Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund.

  • Adolfo Valderas

    Alternate Director, MEng (Civil), MBA
    Appointed Alternate Director for Mr López Jiménez on 1 November 2017. 
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    Mr Valderas was previously CEO and Managing Director of CIMIC Group up until 30 November 2017. Mr Valderas is a civil engineer with proven expertise in leading companies with complex, multinational operations across Australia, Europe, the United States, Canada, South America, Asia and China.


    With more than 25 years' experience, Mr Valderas has held various senior executive positions within the construction, services, mining and concessions sectors.


    He is currently the CEO of Dragados and was formerly the Chairman and CEO of Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras (Iridium), a role he held from 2010 to 2013. Iridium is an ACS Group company responsible for developing and managing all types of government concessions involving transport and public works infrastructure.


    Between 2000 and 2010, Mr Valderas held roles with Dragados, including as Deputy International Manager. Prior to 2000, he held a variety of positions within the construction industry. He has direct experience in delivering projects in high speed rail, road and bridges, water treatment, construction, services, operations, maintenance and PPPs.

  • Louise Griffiths

    Company Secretary, BSc, BA, AGIA  
    Appointed Company Secretary in January 2016.
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    Ms Griffiths was formerly the Assistant Company Secretary of the Company, having held that role since May 2011.


    Ms Griffiths has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Justice. She is an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA) and holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the GIA.


    Ms Griffiths served as a member of the GIA’s New South Wales Professional Development Committee between February 2013 and September 2014. Ms Griffiths is also the company secretary of a number of subsidiaries of CIMIC.

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