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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.

Recognising 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 90 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.

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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 the Founder and Managing Partner at mdp Law, a contemporary and proactive commercial advisory, IP and patent law firm that assists clients to identify, structure, protect, commercialise, raise capital and grow their business and IP assets.

His specialty expertise lies in commercialising and growing Australian businesses in Australia and internationally. He takes an active role in developing and expanding his clients’ businesses and preparing them for offshore protection and growth.

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.

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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 unrivalled intellectual property underpinning our wetstock management 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 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.

Neil Thomas

Neil Thomas
Non Executive Director

Neil is one of the most respected fuel retail industry executives, with more than 30 years’ experience in the global energy industry. He has significant expertise in value creation for global businesses through technology innovation. 

As Non-Executive Director, Neil brings immense strategic depth and insights to the Leighton O’Brien Board to deliver on the company’s strategic growth agenda. 

He has successfully led several large M&A transactions and has a strong track record of driving growth and improved profitability through product and technology innovation.

Neil’s executive career includes roles as President and CEO of Trojan Battery Company, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep-cycle energy storage solutions, where he led a rapid company turnaround resulting in its successful sale to new private equity owners. 

He was also CEO of Wayne Fueling Systems for almost 15 years during which time he strategically positioned the company as a technology leader focused on retail fueling equipment and services and completed several joint ventures. He successfully led the sale of the business to Dover Corporation in 2016.

Greg Salverson

Greg Salverson
President, Wetstock International

As President, Wetstock International, Greg heads up Leighton O’Brien’s global wetstock operations.

With more than 15 years of business development, sales, software development and project management experience, Greg is a highly regarded industry executive with an exceptional track record of driving incremental business growth for technology solutions for the global oil industry.

At Leighton O’Brien Greg’s key responsibilities include growing the company’s global wetstock operations, establishing licensed software partners, building client relationships and driving product enhancements.

Greg has an intimate understanding of customer requirements, combined with outstanding strategic, analytical and sales skills. During his five years with the company Greg has expanded its suite of software solutions and wetstock services and significantly grown its customer base in Europe and North America.

Prior to joining Leighton O’Brien Greg held senior roles at Chevron-Texaco, Hewlett Packard and FuelQuest where he was Director of Business Development for the Asia Pacific region. He was also Director, Global Business Solutions, where he was responsible for supporting the sales team in North America, Europe and the Middle East.

In his spare time Greg enjoys spending time with his family, spending time in nature and travelling to new places.

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Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper
Global President, Field Technologies

Chris is a proven business leader and innovator with a strong track record of demonstrating business growth in close alignment with distributors and partners and a reputation for developing business aligned against key strategic drivers.

Chris heads up the Australian and International Field Technologies business unit including precision integrity testing and fuel cleaning and is responsible for driving strategy and significantly accelerating revenue growth.

His stellar industry experience and network, sharp revenue focus and proven ability to re-engineer sales and distribution strategies for optimum growth adds real depth to Leighton O’Brien’s leadership team.

Based in Melbourne, having previously lived in Singapore, India, Dubai and NZ, he joins Leighton O’Brien after more than 12 years in key strategic planning, sales and management roles within the petroleum industry.

Most recently he was General Manager – Asia, for Dover Fueling Solutions, and has a career spanning the industry’s major equipment suppliers also including Gilbarco Veeder-Root, OPW and Liquip International.

Chris has a Bachelor of Commerce (IT) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Murdoch University and a Master of International Relations from Macquarie University. In his spare time Chris enjoys getting out to nature with his family, reading non-fiction and lifting heavy things at the gym.

Peter Wagner

Peter Wagner
Global Engineering Director

Peter is one of the world’s foremost inventors of advanced fuel leak detection technologies for the downstream petroleum industry. A long-standing member of Leighton O’Brien’s leadership team, he is also pivotal to the company’s market position as one of the most innovative providers of field technologies for retail fuel networks. 

A proven innovator, Peter developed Leighton O’Brien’s precision integrity tank test and line test, the world’s most accurate leak detection system used widely on a global basis. It followed more than five years of research and development from concept, design and manufacture through to certification and commercialisation.

He also developed the company’s patented fuel restoration and tank cleaning technology, widely recognised as the world’s most advanced, safest fuel cleaning system and which has underpinned the global growth of Leighton O’Brien’s cleaning business.

In his current role as Global Engineering Director, Peter primarily manages the Australian and global Engineering teams. He is responsible for ongoing equipment design and manufacture, technical training and development of Leighton O’Brien’s field and partner technicians and setting standards and procedures.

Peter’s distinguished 20 year career at Leighton O’Brien began as National Operations Manager before he became Global Operations Manager, during which time he was instrumental in expanding Leighton O’Brien’s testing business in New Zealand, Asia, and the USA. He then moved into more of an engineering focus, developing Leighton O’Brien’s patented technologies. 

Peter has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (with distinction) from RMIT University. In his spare time, Peter enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, fishing and sailing. 

 

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Jason Park

Jason Park
General Manager (Service Distributors)

Jason Park is General Manager – Service Distributors, responsible for managing Leighton O’Brien’s global service partners.

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.

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Adding fuel polishing and restoration to our product line through Leighton O’Brien is another valued service to address fuel quality issues. We are extremely pleased with the design and efficiency of the units and provides a professional platform that fits our model well.

Chris Biellier, Vice President
Seneca Companies – Environmental & Waste Solutions Divisions, USA

Leighton O’Brien is integral to our operation. We trust them to provide tank cleaning, testing and monitoring for our petrol stations around Australia. They are a smart engineering and technology company who I highly recommend.

Terry Lunney, Manager – Assets, Facilities, Construction
7-Eleven Stores Pty. Ltd.

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