On behalf of the Board of Directors I am pleased to announce that Carlos Rial has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association.

Carlos brings to this role over 20 years of road industry experience paired with over 10 years as a senior organisational leader, working in partnership with both the public and private sectors.

Carlos’ extensive experience as an industry leader at the Australian Road Research Board and within government, has seen him drive innovation within the roads sector and invest heavily in the training and skills development of roads expertise across the local government sector.

As a former Chair of the Queensland Safer Roads Sooner Program and Director of the Queensland Roads Alliance, Carlos has significantly enhanced the safety and sustainability of roads and transport. He has a proven track record in effective Stakeholder engagement, a fundamental function of the AAPA CEO role.

As a recognised and trusted industry leader with strong technical and business qualifications Carlos’ impressive track record of hands-on experience in delivering strategic and business outcomes compliments the four AAPA strategic pillars of Communication and Outreach, Technology and Leadership, Safety and Sustainability and Training and Knowledge that he will lead.

Carlos said of his appointment:

‘This appointment is an honour and I am delighted to join the AAPA community.  There is a real opportunity to collaboratively develop a national sustainable future for our industry and for AAPA to provide extended value to its members and trusted partners.

‘I recognise that there are differing opportunities and challenges nationally and am committed to visiting each State to hear first-hand from members and partners what opportunities there are to enhance our sector.

‘I am excited by the 17th AAPA International Flexible Pavements Conference ‘Roads of the Future, Embracing Disruption’ in August so we can showcase the Australian Flexible Pavements industry on a global platform.

‘This event is aligned with my intent to add value by using my experience in driving collaboration between all tiers of government and industry to work together, manage change and realise the benefits of innovation. This is the start of a very exciting journey. I look forward to meeting you soon.’

We are very excited to welcome Carlos to lead the association as it heads into it’s next phase of transformation.

Carlos will start his role at AAPA on Monday 27th March.

Rob McGuire
AAPA Chairman

To view Carlos’ Linkedin Profile click HERE.

AAPA Chief Executive Officer – moves to ARRB

The Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) Board Chairman Mr Rob McGuire has announced today the departure of the CEO Michael Caltabiano who is moving on to take up the role of CEO at the Australia Road Research Board, Australia’s leading independent road research body.

“The journey that Michael has taken our industry group on over the past three years has been exciting and transformative for our association” Mr McGuire said. AAPA is a stronger more vibrant, engaged and progressive organisation that it has ever been with a great track record of successes over the past three years in the technology, communications, training and safety arenas.

“Everyone at AAPA wishes Michael the very best for his new role at ARRB where he not only brings technical and roads expertise but a strong track record or organisational reform and a wealth of industry knowledge” Mr McGuire said

“I am excited to start my new role and the opportunity to develop a modern sustainable future direction of the ARRB Group and road transport research in general across Australia,” said Mr Caltabiano. “My experiences at AAPA and the wonderful friendships and close relationships with industry will continue to be strong a link for the future and a stronger more co-ordinated approach to the development and advancement of our road and transport future as a Nation.”

Chairman of the Board for ARRB Group, Peter Duncan said,  “I look forward to working with an industry leader like Michael in this exciting new chapter for the organisation. We have already commenced planning a future direction for ARRB and will look to implement collaborative strategies inclusive of ARRB staff and stakeholders in the coming months.

“Leadership and collaboration really goes to the heart of ARRB as an organisation. Research can only deliver its true value when adopted into practice. By academia, government and private sectors working together, we can ensure ARRB’s world class research is quickly applied and adopted in the real-world,” said Mr Duncan.

Michael Caltabiano will begin his new appointment Monday 14th November 2016 and will be welcoming delegates and guests that are attending the 27th ARRB Conference, Melbourne, Victoria from the 16 – 18 November 2016.

The AAPA Team.