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Meet the leadership team

Leighton O’Brien has established a highly skilled management team with decades of experience which has underpinned our continuing growth.

Reed Leighton

Reed Leighton
Chief Executive Officer

Reed Leighton is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Leighton O’Brien, responsible for leading the organisation’s global operations and strategic direction.

Reed began his career at Shell Australia where he was responsible for the management of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) for Shell’s Australian retail and distribution network.

Recognizing a need for the better management of storage and wetstock tank management through outsourcing, Reed joined with Shell colleague, Steve O’Brien, to form Leighton O’Brien in 1995.

Together they have successfully built Leighton O’Brien into a market-leading operation, employing almost 100 staff across the globe.

Reed is a well-known industry leader in storage tank network management, with a career spanning more than 26 years in the oil industry.

In his spare time, Reed loves to play golf, watch sports and drink fine red wine.

Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald
Non-Executive Director

As a Non-Executive Director, Michael takes an active role in the company’s corporate structuring. His business and legal experience adds valuable insight to the company on many levels.

Michael is a Partner at mdp McDonald Partners, a boutique corporate, commercial and intellectual property practice where he specializes in business restructuring, corporate succession planning, commercial litigation, intellectual property and intellectual property licensing.

With more than 20 years’ experience in succession planning, Michael also regularly conducts workshops throughout Australia to assist businesses of all sizes in setting up effective succession plans.

Michael has been Chairman and Director on a number of boards and is a former Honorary Consul General for the Philippines in Victoria and a past President of the Australia-Philippines Business Council.

Steve O’Brien

Steve O’Brien
Chief Technical Officer

Steve is Leighton O’Brien’s Technical Officer (CTO) and Director of Leighton O’Brien, responsible for defining the technology strategy and direction for the business. Overseeing the company’s research and development division, Steve has developed the intellectual property within our SIRA (Statistical Industry Reconciliation Analysis) monitoring service offering. Steve began his career in UST technology solutions at Shell where he was the Environment Engineer responsible for all environmental standards for the Shell retail network.
Steve co-founded Leighton O’Brien with his colleague Reed Leighton in 1995. Together they have successfully built Leighton O’Brien into a market-leading operation, employing almost 90 staff across the globe. Steve has a B.E in Mechanical Engineering (Honors) from Monash University in Australia. In his spare time Steve loves to ride his bike and spend time with his family.
Dan Hunter

Dan Hunter
Non-Executive Director

As Non-Executive Director, Professor Dan Hunter guides the strategic direction of Leighton O’Brien’s technology development, and his skills set complements the Board’s existing commercial, legal and R&D experience.

Professor Hunter is an experienced IT strategic advisor and Foundation Dean at Swinburne Law School. He is an international expert in internet law, intellectual property, and cognitive science models of law.

He holds a PhD from Cambridge, as well as computer science and law degrees from Monash University and a Master of Laws by research from the University of Melbourne.

 

He has taught at QUT Law School, New York Law School, the University of Melbourne Law School, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University and Deakin University.

Professor Hunter has overseen high level IT projects including digitising the New York patent office, and is founder of several startups in the educational technology and legal services markets.

He has written and consulted widely about building intelligent systems, and regularly publishes on the intersection of computers and law.

He is also the co-founder and CTO of Scapegrace Pty Ltd, an education technology firm.

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis
President (USA)

Jeff is an experienced leader and sales professional with more than 25 years’ experience in the petroleum industry. At Leighton O’Brien he is responsible for overseeing the US operation and enhancing channel and partner sales programs, managing key customer relationships and identifying strategic growth opportunities. Jeff previously worked at Petrotechnik UPP, Inc. (acquired by Franklin Fueling Systems in 2010), where he was President of North America for two years. During this time he grew sales by more than 50 percent by expanding its PEI distribution and service contractor network.
Prior to this he was Director, North America Distributor Sales at GilbarcoVeeder-Root for five years where he managed district managers, product sales managers and more than 200 PEI distributors. Jeff also held numerous sales management roles at Veeder-Root Environmental Products for 15 years. Prior to that, he spent his early career years as a specialist, crypto component level within the US army. In his spare time he loves to play golf, referee basketball, and spend time with his three daughters and dog Lola.
Peter Wagner

Peter Wagner
Global Engineering Manager

Based in Australia, Peter is Leighton O’Brien’s Global Engineering Manager. Peter is responsible for equipment design and manufacture, training and development of Leighton O’Brien’s field technicians and setting operations standards and procedures.

A mechanical engineer, Peter joined the company from the Petro Chem industry where he spent 10 years at ExxonMobil working as an Operations Engineer and Shift Manager.

Peter has held a number of roles within Leighton O’Brien including Testing Manager and then National Operations Manager. This role later expanded into New Zealand and Asia.

Peter has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (with distinction) from RMIT University in Australia.

In his spare time, Peter enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, fishing and sailing.

Toby Griffin

Toby Griffin
General Manager (Field Services)

Toby Griffin is General Manager – Field Services, responsible for managing Leighton O’Brien’s field service operations. Having been with the company over ten years, Toby is one of the most experienced and highly regarded people within the business. Initially employed as a SIRA Analyst, Toby quickly moved up the ranks to become Operations Engineer, before moving to the US to help grow the US operation and secure key accounts including Caltex and Sheetz.
Since returning to Australia Toby became Operations Manager before his most recent appointment as General Manager Field Services. Toby began his career at Bega Cheese as a Process Engineer and holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Melbourne University. In his spare time, Toby loves all sports, watching Hawthorn play football, snowboarding and spending time with his young children.
Tanith Morrison

Tanith Morrison
General Manager (SIRA)

Tanith Morrison is General Manager of Leighton O’Brien’s SIRA operations. Managing a team of analysts, she is responsible for the wetstock monitoring/SIRA global team and ensuring accurate and reliable delivery of tank monitoring data to the company’s global clients. Tanith began her career at BHP in the company’s global petroleum exploration team. In 2000 Tanith became Leighton O’Brien’s first SIRA analyst.
She then moved into an Account Management role before managing the Global SIRA team in 2008. Tanith has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Geology & Environmental Science) from the University of Ballarat. In her spare time, Tanith loves to explore food, wine and music and spend time with her family and friends.
Jason Park

Jason Park
General Manager (Service Distributors)

Jason Park is General Manager – Service Distributors, responsible for managing Leighton O’Brien’s global service distributors. Jason began his career at NHP Electrical Engineering as a Production Engineer before moving to BOC Gas where he was responsible for production management projects and a team of production staff. Jason joined Leighton O’Brien as Operations Manager before moving to the US to assist in growing its US business.
 Jason has a degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Monash University and postgraduate qualifications in Applied Finance.
George Tobias

George Tobias
Managing Director (Asia)

George Tobias is the Managing Director of Leighton O’Brien’s Asia Operations where he leads several Service Distributor teams throughout Asia. With more than 25 years experience in the petroleum industry, he is one of the most experienced members of the Leighton O’Brien team, working with industry leaders including Shell, Mobil and Exxon Mobil.
A trained Mechanical Engineer, he began his career at Shell before moving to Mobil and subsequently ExxonMobil. He held various roles during his tenure at these majors including responsibility for maintenance and repair in refinery and retail service stations and contracts and procurement services. George is an avid sportsperson who plays tennis regularly, cycles and enjoys watching soccer and motor sports.

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