Senior Executive Team

Hamish Christie-Johnston

Managing Director

Hamish Christie-Johnston was appointed as Managing Director of Penske Power Systems on 1st January 2017.  Hamish joined the company in August 2014 as Chief Sales Officer and Executive Team member responsible for leading our off-highway segments, including the engineering and marketing functions.

With broad experience working with global OEMs for most of his career – across the fields of industrial sales and marketing, as well as equipment and asset management within the mining, construction and power systems industries – Hamish has a strong understanding of the markets that we operate in.

Hamish maintains a far reaching and customer-focused vision for the business and believes that successful outcomes result when we understand and respond quickly to the needs of our customers. He has a successful track record developing teams and implementing improved processes based on this philosophy.

Likening his role to that of a coach – ensuring that his team has the understanding, skills, and execution required to drive successful outcomes – Hamish has deep business planning experience within our markets, as well as strong leadership, communication and relationship-building skills.

Hamish holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Melbourne University, an MBA from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Patricia Paquette

Chief Financial Officer

With more than a decade’s experience as a senior finance executive in the Penske group in the United States, and more recently in Australia, Patricia (Patti) Paquette is a Certified Public Accountant who also holds qualifications as a Chartered Global Management Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner.

Patti joined Penske Power Systems in February 2015 as Financial Operations and Planning Manager, providing critical financial analysis and support to the executive team as well as the business, state and branch managers. Key to this role was enhancing communications between the finance and operational business sectors.

In January 2016, Patti was appointed Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for governance, including risk management and internal controls to support the organisation in achieving its objectives.In her role, Patti facilitates organisational accountability and transparency, providing insight and analysis that supports the executive and senior management teams; she also serves as the company’s public officer. Developing effective partnerships with members of the leadership team, Patti works to create a common vision and view of organisational performance and opportunities.

In the US, Patti joined Penske Automotive Group in 2004 as Financial Controller, overseeing four automotive franchises and an accounting team of 13-plus staff, providing forecasting analysis and cash flow management, as well as individual and consolidated financial statement reporting.

In 2006, Patti took on the role of Internal Audit Manager for the group, planning and performing internal, compliance and SOX audits for 170 retail franchises. In this role Patti prepared and performed due diligence procedures and reports, and supported management with accounting and auditing procedures.

Patti is based in Penske Power Systems’ finance office at Chipping Norton.

Sean McLean

General Manager On-Highway

Sean McLean has more than 20 years of management experience, working with global OEMs and customers, dedicated to the development and application of diesel engines. A qualified mechanical engineer, Sean has enjoyed career success across various technical and managerial roles.

He joined Penske Power Systems in September 2016 as General Manager of On-highway with a brief to grow our Detroit and Allison Transmission brand portfolios and market share.

Directing the on-highway team, Sean oversees some 22 technical and sales experts dedicated to deliver genuine results to the customer through a renewed focus on product development and tailored solutions unique to local market.

He employs a collaborative management style, working with his team to deliver engineering innovation that’s driven by a passion for customer service.

Sean has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, and is a member of the Truck Industry Council.

Immediately prior to joining Penske Power Systems, he was General Manager – Marketing and On-highway Products for Cummins South Pacific, with responsibility for on-highway business operations and promotion.

Matthew Smith

General Manager Off-Highway

Matthew Smith joined Penske Power Systems in March 2017 as General Manager Off-Highway responsible for overseeing sales, aftersales and engineering services.

Matthew has an extensive background in senior commercial and leadership roles in mining and related fields. With law and commerce qualifications, his career has spanned various legal and managerial positions.

Overseeing 62 staff, he is passionate about developing high performing teams which provide innovative, profitable solutions. He also has a proven track record in executing strategies and building mutually beneficial relationships with customers.

Matthew has an honest and inclusive leadership style. He displays strong personal leadership to ensure that customers’ business drivers are understood and that we deliver on our promises.  He is also passionate about helping our people develop and grow for the future.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from Bond University in Queensland.

Matthew comes to Penske Power Systems having most recently worked in senior management roles at Orica and Westrac.

John Delany

General Manager Regional Operations

John Delany joined Penske Power Systems in February 2008 as Branch Manager, Hunter Valley. In late 2010, John was promoted to managing the regional branch network including Darwin, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Hunter Valley.

Appointed as General Manager, Regional Operations in June 2017, John leads Penske Power Systems’ regional branch network, off-highway product technical support team and maintenance contract management team.

Across his career, he has had extensive experience in operational management, original equipment manufacturer business sales, engineering and maintenance contract development.

Active in the development of new business opportunities whilst building on relationships, John is passionate about customers being heard and consistent delivery of high value solutions.

A great believer in employee engagement as a key driver of great service, he promotes team development and an overall team approach.

John has previously held various senior operations and marketing roles in his career.

Craig Lee

General Manager, Eastern Operations

Since joining Penske Power Systems in mid-2015, Craig has held the positions of Diversified Products Manager and Off-Highway Aftersales Manager.

Appointed as General Manager, Eastern Operations in September 2017, Craig has been tasked with continuing to improve overall customer satisfaction and business outcomes for the region.

Managing the Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Launceston branches, in addition to the national business improvement team, he oversees a team of approximately 200 staff.

Craig has performed a range of senior leadership roles during his career in the oil and manufacturing sectors.

He has an inclusive, hands-on management style, positively influencing and developing staff to form a cohesive and high functioning team.

Focussed on driving customer service success by engaging with end users, he motivates his staff to deliver sustained, outstanding achievements.

Prior to joining Penske Power Systems, Craig most recently held domestic and international Sales and General Manager roles at VIP Packaging and BP.

Craig is a qualified mechanic and holds an MBA through QUT.