Transurban expands North America team

The Australian toll road operator has named Karl Rohrer head of delivery of North America and Simon Shekleton director of project development.

Toll road investor, developer and operator Transurban Group has expanded its North America-based team with the addition of Karl Rohrer and Simon Shekleton, the Australian company said in a recent statement.

As head of delivery for North America, Rohrer will lead the delivery of major infrastructure projects in North America, ensuring the design, construction and operation of projects are appropriately managed from procurement through project close.

Rohrer has extensive experience in managing transportation infrastructure projects. His career, which spans more than 25 years, includes serving as deputy project director for the Dulles Corridor Rail project in Virginia, as well as overseeing Dubai’s 30-mile automated light rail system, the Dubai Metro Red Line, in a similar capacity.

Shekleton, who has been appointed director of project development, brings more than 12 years of experience in public-private partnerships (PPPs; P3s) and project finance to the role. He joins Transurban from AECOM where he served as P3 specialty practice leader, identifying, structuring, negotiating and securing pre-development agreements for major P3 projects.

In his new role at Transurban, Shekleton will negotiate key contracts and agreements with clients and partners and coordinate input from internal and external adviser groups.

“This position will contribute to the success of Transurban’s US business through the identification, initial assessment and pursuit of new opportunities,” the company said in a statement.

Globally headquartered in Melbourne, Transurban is chief investor and concessionaire of the 495 Express Lanes and Interstate 95 projects in Virginia, home to its US headquarters.

Its other assets include Queensland Motorways, which it acquired in April 2013 for A$7.057 billion (€5.0 billion; $5.8 billion), along with AustralianSuper and Tawreed Investments, as well as a 50 percent stake in the Westlink M7 motorway in Sydney.