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People on the Move in December

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In this new and regular column, Trenchless Australasia is tracking new appointments in Australia and New Zealand’s trenchless industries, celebrating the people who make the industry what it is.

Phil Micallef – Business Development Manager, kwik-ZIP

kwik-ZIP has announced Phil Micallef has joined the team as a Business Development Manager. 

Micallef brings with him 14 years of experience and skills in geosynthetics in the construction and civil sectors, befitting his ability to succeed in his new role at the company. 

“During my time in the civil industry, I noticed that the trenchless sector was rapidly evolving which sparked my interest and am excited to have a chance be a part of this growing sector,” says Micallef. 

His role with kwik-ZIP will involve providing full cycle business development activities. This includes market research, strategic market development and building deep customer relationships within the industry.  Micallef is looking forward to becoming a trusted advisor for kwik-ZIP customers by continuing to develop solutions and creating strong customer relationships within the trenchless and civil industry.

Michael Hodnett – Business Development Manager, PSSS

Michael Hodnett has joined the PSSS team as the Business Development Manager (BDM) for Western Australia. He brings with him a strong history of providing effective solutions to clients and found himself drawn to the PSSS philosophy – “Yes we can.”

“Being based in WA and being able to service the entire state, provides me with a pretty large canvas to work with,” says Hodnett.

“While PSSS has been servicing clients in WA for many years, there hasn’t been the focus of WA based BDM for an extended period of time,” he says.

He says that the main focus of his new role will be to extend PSSS ability to service its existing WA clients, and extending those services to new clients who can benefit from the company’s store of critical stock. Hodnett is working to build up PSSS’s supplies further in its Jandakot-based WA warehouse.

“This will expedite our local WA customer orders, and reduce lead times and freight costs,” says Hodnett.

Jason Climo – Head of Horizontal Infrastructure NZ, Veolia

Veolia’s Jason Climo is moving into his new role as Head of Horizontal Infrastructure New Zealand.

Climo is one of Veolia’s nearly 200,000 employees across five continents.

He brings with him over 25 years of experience in the water industry, from water and wastewater treatment to the construction of facilities, pumping stations and pipelines. His directional drilling experience includes projects that have involved pipe bursting, pipe ramming and fold & form lining, spiral lining and junction seals.

“It’s my passion to see Veolia cement its position as the leader in pipeline renovation across Australia and New Zealand,” says Climo. “I’m particularly looking forward to bringing new and existing innovative technologies to our clients across NZ and further building our great team to continue delivering the best value.”

Climo will provide greater consistency in Veolia’s NZ approach to delivering creative, innovative and where possible trenchless technologies.

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