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John Holland appoints new chief operating officer

John Holland appoints new chief operating officer

John Holland has announced the appointment of seasoned executive David Lehmann as the new chief operating officer.

With over 30 years’ experience in the property and construction industry, Lehmann, formerly the executive general manager, Building at John Holland, brings a wealth of expertise in business strategy, leadership, operational excellence and large-scale project delivery.

Joe Barr, chief executive officer of John Holland, says Lehmann will be instrumental in driving the next chapter of growth and success for the business.

“David’s been involved in everything from winning work and project delivery to business performance – helping to drive growth and forge strong relationships with our partners,” says Barr. “His new role will focus on connectivity, performance and governance right across the business.”

Lehmann has previously held senior roles in Southeast Asia, Greater China and Australia, and has led John Holland’s national Building division since 2017.

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In that time, he’s driven strong growth in revenue and overseen a pipeline of projects, including the Sydney Football Stadium, Marvel Stadium Upgrade, Victorian Heart Hospital, the Waterfront Brisbane development, multiple hospital redevelopments across Australia, correctional facilities and much more.

As executive sponsor of John Holland’s Pride Network, and key driver of the company’s partnership with the AFLW, Lehmann is also a champion of change for the construction industry.

“He’s passionate about what’s important to our people and our business,” says Barr. “He lives and breathes our values and culture every day and will continue to drive the change needed in our industry.”

Andrew Burr, currently general manager finance, will act in the role of executive general manager, Building, until a permanent replacement is found.

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