Senior Vice President of Progress Rail Australia & Southeast Asia
Patrick O’Donnell provides oversight and leadership responsibility for Progress Rail Asia Pacific, including Australia, China, India, Indonesia and other Asian countries, while working closely with his Rolling Stock and Infrastructure peers.
Having joined Progress Rail in 2017, Patrick helped to establish the company's operating footprint and capabilities throughout Australia. He successfully led the acquisition and integration of Downer’s Freight Rail business with the existing Progress Rail startup operations nationally. Patrick has also championed Progress Rail’s growth throughout Southeast Asia.
Prior to joining Progress Rail, Patrick led the Engineering, Maintenance and Project divisions of Aurizon, Australia’s largest railway, during a period of significant growth and transformation post privatization. This included leading large workforces, delivering on large-scale capital projects and sound asset management strategies ensuring safe and reliable operations.
Before joining Aurizon in 2010, Patrick was the General Manager of Asciano’s Port Rail and Logistics division, the then-owner of Pacific National.
Patrick lives in Brisbane with his wife and two daughters.
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