Infrastructure Victoria appoints inaugural CEO

The new unit will act as a sounding board on the viability of using PPPs in infrastructure projects.

Following on the passage of legislation authorising the creation of Infrastructure Victoria in September, Michel Masson has been appointed as the agency's inaugural chief executive (CEO). 

Masson has more than 20 years' experience within the infrastructure space in both Europe and Australia, including stints as CEO of Keolis Downer, which he joined in 2005, and Yarra Trams, which he joined in 2009. He currently heads the transport and infrastructure services division at Calibre Group. He started his career at Deloitte before joining Bolloré Group.

“He will play a key role in establishing Infrastructure Victoria as a trusted, independent, expert adviser on infrastructure matters,” Jim Miller, the unit's board chairman. 

Rounding out the leadership team along with Masson and Miller are deputy chair Maria Wilton and board members Margaret Gardner and Ann Sherry. Statutory members also include secretaries of the departments of Premier and Cabinet; Treasury and Finance; and Environment, Land, Water and Planning. 

Masson will begin working in his new role at Infrastructure Victoria on 1 February 2016.