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.

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 operations 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 per cent 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.

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

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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, and one of the industry’s leading experts on UPSS management and leak detection.

Initially employed as a Wetstock Analyst, Toby moved into an Operations Engineer role before moving to the US for two years to grow the US operation and secure key accounts including Caltex and Sheetz. After returning to Australia Toby became Southern Regions Operations Manager, before being appointed as General Manager of Field Services, a role he has held for five years. 

Under his leadership, Leighton O’Brien’s integrity testing business in Australia has grown 400 per cent, making Leighton O’Brien the clear market leader for UPSS environmental compliance and fuel quality monitoring.

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. Toby has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.  

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Tanith Morrison

Tanith Morrison
General Manager (Wetstock)

Tanith Morrison is General Manager of Leighton O’Brien’s Wetstock operations. Managing a team of analysts, she is responsible for the wetstock monitoring 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.

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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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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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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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