Michael Byrne has taken on the role of CEO of Australian rental company Coates Hire, replacing Leigh Ainsworth, whose retirement takes effect 31 December.
Mr Byrne joined Coates from Linfox Logistics, where he has been in leadership roles for the past 15 years, the last eight of which as CEO.
Under his leadership, Linfox tripled in size with an expansion strategy across Australia and the Asia Pacific Region making improvements in safety and sharpening its focus on strategic partnerships with its customer base.
Prior to Linfox, he was CEO of Westgate Logistics and general manager at Mayne Logistics.
Mr Ainsworth was appointed CEO in November 2008 with the intention of a five-year tenure, which was extended by 12 months.