Paul Scurrah has more than 20 years’ leadership experience in transport, logistics, tourism and aviation including five years as CEO and Managing Director of DP World Australia and Queensland Rail.
Starting his career in aviation at Australian Airlines, Paul has also held positions at Qantas and Ansett Australia, and was a key figure in the establishment of Regional Express Airlines (REX). His career in aviation spanned multiple divisions including commercial, customer service, government, sales, and marketing.
After 8 years in aviation, Paul moved to the tourism sector with executive roles at Tourism Queensland, Flight Centre, and AOT Holidays. Whilst at Flight Centre, Paul was responsible for developing their global strategic plan and acquiring the online company that propelled Flight Centre to the number one travel site at the time.
Paul’s experience in travel then led him to the transport industry, specifically QR Limited, as Executive General Manager at QR Passenger and then CEO at Queensland Rail. Paul led Queensland Rail during a significant transformation to drive improved commercial results including the de-merger from QR National and achieving the highest customer service rating by becoming the first public transport company in the world to attain International Customer Service Standards accreditation.
Paul was later appointed Executive Vice President Commercial & Marketing at Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Aurizon, and was responsible for revenue close to $4.0 billion as well as managing a $3.7 billion fleet with over 800 locomotives.
Since 2013, Paul has been CEO and Managing Director at Australia’s biggest port and supply chain operator, DP World Australia, and responsible for navigating the company through a period of enormous structural change within the industry. He led a major transformation that resulted in improved commercial performance, a 50 percent increase in customer satisfaction levels, and significantly increased staff engagement results. Paul has also driven an 80 per cent reduction in Lost Time Injuries, making DP World Australia the safest waterside company in the country.
Paul is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Gold Coast Football Club and has previously held Board positions at Australia Post, Asian Terminals Inc (ATI), Australian Federation of Travel Agents, AOT Group, AWH Pty Ltd, Australian Tourism Data Warehouse Ltd, and Public Transport Group – Australasian Railways Association.
He is married with two children and resides in Brisbane.