CIMIC Group executive leadership team

  • 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, General Manager of ACS Proyectos, Obras y Construcciones, and then took over as Chairman and CEO in 2000. Following the merger between ACS and 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 to the Board of Directors 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). 

  • Ignacio Segura

    Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, MEng (Civil) 
    Appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer in 2018. Ignacio was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Dragados (2012-2017), an ACS Group company.
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    Ignacio joined ACS Group in 1999 and held roles including General Manager of Galicia in ACS Proyectos, Obras y Construcciones (1999-2004), Executive General Manager for Building In Spain of Dragados (2004-2006), and Managing Director of Dragados (2006-2012).

    Ignacio is a civil engineer with 27 years of international experience in the construction sector.

  • Stefan Camphausen

    Chief Financial Officer, MBA, BA
    Appointed Chief Financial Officer on 1 June 2017. Stefan was formerly the Chief Financial Officer of CPB Contractors with responsibility for CIMIC’s Australian and Asian construction business. 
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    Prior to that, Stefan was the Chief Financial Officer of Thiess, the Group’s global mining operation. Prior to joining CIMIC Group, he also held different executive roles at HOCHTIEF involved both in the Americas and Europe.


    Stefan has more than 20 years of experience in developing and managing high-performance teams to deliver both operational and strategic business outcomes.

    He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Essen, Germany and a Master of Business Administration from NIMBAS-Bradford Graduate School of Management in the Netherlands.

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    Stuart Charlton

    Executive General Manager Internal Audit, FCA, BA (Joint Hons)
    Appointed Executive General Manager Internal Audit in December 2019. Stuart was previously Chief Financial Officer of CPB Contractors.
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    Prior to that, Stuart’s career within CIMIC Group has spanned 13 years, including Executive General Manager, Finance, CIMIC.

    Stuart was integral to the successful execution and integration of CIMIC’s strategic business acquisitions, as well as the transformation of its internal Finance capability. 

    Prior to joining our company, Stuart worked at KPMG in London and Sydney.

    He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts Joint Honours degree.

  • Robert Cotterill

    Robert Cotterill

    Executive General Manager Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, B.Eng (Hons), MCom
    Appointed Executive General Manager Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions in April 2019. Robert was formerly General Manager Mergers and Acquisitions.
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    Robert has held various positions within the CIMIC Group since 2007, including in CIMIC Group’s acquisition of UGL, the creation of Ventia and sale of John Holland, as well as being involved with various private financing and public private partnership infrastructure transactions. He also holds a position as a Director of Ventia. 
    Robert holds a Bachelor of Engineering (in environmental engineering) with Honours and a Master of Commerce from the University of NSW. 
  • Brad Davey

    Brad Davey

    Chief Legal and Risk Officer, Bjuris, LLB
    Appointed Chief Legal and Risk Officer in May 2018. Brad was formerly the General Manager Risk. Since 2010, Brad has held various commercial and operational positions for CPB Contractors in the capacity of Commercial Director and Project Director.
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    Prior to that, he was a Senior Partner in a law firm in the Republic of South Africa. Brad has more than 20 years’ experience in commercial and construction law. He holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Port Elizabeth in the Republic of South Africa. 
    In 2012 Brad converted his law degree through the University of Sydney.
  • Louise Griffiths

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


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

  • Justin Grogan

    Justin Grogan

    Executive General Manager Investor Relations and Sustainability, BCom, MBA  
    Appointed Executive General Manager Sustainability and Investor Relations in 2019. Justin was formerly Executive General Manager Sustainability.
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    Justin joined CIMIC Group in 2000 and was appointed an Executive General Manager in 2009. He has extensive experience in corporate affairs responsibilities including investor relations, crisis management and corporate communications.


    Justin is a graduate in commerce from the University of Western Australia and has a masters of business administration from the University of Sydney. 

  • Lisa Interligi

    Chief Human Resources and Corporate Services Officer, DPsych (Org) 
    Appointed Chief Human Resources and Corporate Services Officer in 2015. Lisa has worked for two decades in organisational transformation and change. 
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    Prior to joining CIMIC Group, she was an executive of John Holland. Before joining John Holland in 2010, Lisa worked for Origin Energy and Sensis, and consulted to a broad range of industries and government organisations.  


    Lisa is a graduate of Monash University. She holds a Doctorate in Organisational Psychology, is a member of the Australian Psychology Society and is a registered psychologist. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and is a published author on corporate culture.
  • George Sassine

    Executive General Manager Investment and Group Property, Bachelor of Building UNSW (Hons)
    Appointed Executive General Manager Investment and Group Property in January 2016. 
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    George previously held positions within CIMIC Group including Executive General Manager Corporate Advisory and Group Property, and General Manager Corporate Advisory. 

    He holds an honours degree in building from the University of NSW.
  • Fiona Tyndall

    Fiona Tyndall

    General Manager Corporate Affairs and Communications, LLB, BA
    Appointed General Manager Corporate Affairs and Communications in 2019. Fiona was formerly General Manager Communications.
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    Fiona joined CIMIC Group in April 2013. She was previously Head of Asia Pacific Communications at BlackRock in Hong Kong.


    Prior to that Fiona was Media Relations Manager at Macquarie Group. She was formerly a journalist with the Australian Financial Review. Fiona has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics.

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