CIMIC Group Board

  • Juan-Santamaria

    Juan Santamaria

    Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, MEng (Civil)
    Appointed Executive Chairman on 6 November 2020 and appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director on 5 February 2020. Mr Santamaria was formerly the Managing Director of CPB Contractors (CIMIC Group’s construction business) with responsibility for CPB Contractors, Leighton Asia and Broad in all geographies including Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, India and Asia.
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    Prior to that, Mr Santamaria held roles as the Managing Director of UGL (CIMIC Group’s services business) and Executive General Manager of Public Private Partnerships and Construction West at CPB Contractors.

    He was Chief Executive Officer of Iridium (an ACS Group Company) between 2014 and 2015, and he was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of ACS Infrastructure North America and Canada between 2006 and 2013.

    Mr Santamaria holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and has held a variety of positions in the construction industry during the past 20 years. 

    Mr Santamaria has extensive international experience in the delivery of large and complex construction, services and PPP projects and has been responsible for projects and businesses in Australia, Europe, North America, Latin America and South Africa.

  • Russell Chenu

    Independent Non-executive Director, BCom, MBA, CPA
    Appointed Independent Non-executive Director in June 2014. Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee, Member of the Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability Committee and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
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    Mr Chenu has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. Mr Chenu is an experienced corporate and finance professional who previously held senior finance and management positions with a number of ASX-listed companies. In a number of these senior roles, he was engaged in significant strategic business planning and business change, including several turnarounds, new market expansions and management leadership initiatives.

    Mr Chenu was CFO of James Hardie Industries plc from 2004 to 2013. As CFO, he was responsible for accounting, treasury, taxation, corporate finance, information technology and systems, and procurement. 

    ASX listed company experience: Mr Chenu is currently Chairman of Vulcan Steel Limited (since June 2021) and a director of Reliance Worldwide Corporation Limited (since April 2016). He was formerly a director of Metro Performance Glass Limited (July 2014 to August 2021) and James Hardie Industries plc (August 2014 to November 2020).
  • José-Luis del Valle Pérez

    Non-executive Director, LLB
    Appointed Non-executive Director in March 2014. Member of the Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability Committee and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
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    Mr del Valle Pérez completed a degree in Law from the University Complutense of Madrid in 1971 and, since 1974, has been Abogado del Estado de España (State Attorney of Spain). He has been a Member of the Bar Association of Madrid since 1976. As Spanish State Attorney he performed his duties in the Delegations of the Ministry of Finance and the Courts of Justice of Burgos and of Toledo, and in the Legal Departments of the Ministry of Health and of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. 

    Mr del Valle Pérez was previously a Director of the legal department of the political party UCD (from 1977 to 1981) and a Member of the Parliament (Congreso de los Diputados) of Spain (from 1979 to 1982). He was also Deputy Minister for Territorial Administration from 1981 to 1982. Since 1983 Mr del Valle Pérez has been a Director of and/or legal advisor to many Spanish companies, including Banesto (merged with Banco Santander), Continental Industrias del Caucho (a subsidiary of Continental AG), Fococafé and Continental Hispánica (a subsidiary of Continental Grain Inc). 

    Mr del Valle Pérez is a member and Board Secretary of ACS Group and a number of its subsidiaries, is a Director and Board Secretary of Dragados, S.A., of ACE Servicios, Comunicaciones y Energía S.A., of Cobra Gestión de Infraestructuras, S.A. and of ACS Servicios y Concesiones S.A.and is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of HOCHTIEF AG.

  • Pedro López Jiménez

    Non‐executive Director, MEng (Civil), MBA
    Appointed Non-executive Director in March 2014. Member of the Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability Committee and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
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    Mr López Jiménez is Ingeniero de Caminos Canales y Puertos and an MBA from IESE Business School, Madrid. He has been awarded the Grand Cross of Isabel La Católica.

    During his career, Mr López Jiménez has held the following positions: General Director of Ports for the Ministry of Public Works (Spain), Secretary of State of Urban Affairs and Public Works (Spain), Board Member of Instituto Nacional de Industria (State owned holding company), Manager of the Thermal Plant Constructions in Hidroelectrica Española, CEO of Empresarios Agrupados (thermal and nuclear plants engineering and construction management), Chairman and CEO of Endesa S.A., Board Member of Unión Eléctrica S.A. and Empresa Nacional Hidroelectrica de la Ribagorçana, Chairman of Unión Fenosa S.A., Vice Chairman of Indra Sistemas S.A., Board Member of CESPA, Board Member of ENCE S.A., Board Member of Keller Group plc, and Chairman of Gtceisu Construcción S.A.
    Additionally, he was the founder of CEOE (Confederation of Spanish Industries), and Member of its first Executive Committee, founder and first Chairman of FEIE (Federation of Spanish Utility Companies), Board Member of Club Español de Energía (Spanish Energy Association) and Board Member of the Alcala University.

    Mr López Jiménez is currently a Board Member of ACS Group, Member of the Nomination Committee and Vice Chairman of its Executive Committee, Vice Chairman of Dragados S.A., Chairman of ACS Services y Concesiones S.A. and Vice Chairman of ACS Servicios Communicaniones y Energia S.A.; Chair of the Supervisory Board of HOCHTIEF AG, and Board Member of Abertis and Chairman of its Audit and Control. 

    Mr López Jiménez is also Vice Chairman of the Royal Board of the National Library of Spain and Board Member of the Malaga Picasso Museum. 

    Mr López Jiménez is Vice Chairman of the Real Madrid Football Club.
  • David Robinson

    Non-executive Director, MCom, BEc, FCA, CTA
    Appointed Non-executive Director in December 1990. Member of the Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability Committee.
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    Mr Robinson has served as an Alternate Director for a number of HOCHTIEF-nominated directors dating back to November 2013.

    Mr Robinson is a graduate of the University of Sydney and a registered company auditor and tax agent. He is a chartered accountant and Partner of ESV Accounting and Business Advisors, which advises local and overseas companies with interests in Australia.


    He is also principal of Harveys Consulting. Mr Robinson is a Director of Catholic Schools NSW Limited and Catholic Employment Relations Limited.


    Mr Robinson is a Director of HOCHTIEF Australia and was a former Director of Leighton Properties from May 2000 to August 2012. He was a Trustee of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, the responsible entity for the health, aged care and education works created by the Sisters of Charity of Australia. 

    Mr Robinson was the Chairman of ASX listed entity Devine Limited (Chairman since January 2016 and a Director since May 2015). Devine was acquired by CIMIC during the year and Mr Robinson resigned as a director effective 25 August 2021.

  • Peter-Wilhelm Sassenfeld

    Non-executive Director, MBA
    Appointed Non-executive Director in November 2011. Member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
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    Mr Sassenfeld has an MBA from the University of Saarland. Mr Sassenfeld was appointed as the CFO of HOCHTIEF AG in November 2011 and is also the CFO of HOCHTIEF Solutions AG. 


    Mr Sassenfeld is a Director of HOCHTIEF Australia, The Turner Corporation and Flatiron Holding Inc. Mr Sassenfeld has previously worked as the CFO of Ferrostaal AG and Krauss Maffei AG and in senior finance roles at Bayer AG and the Mannesmann Group. He was a director of Abertis Infraestructuras, S.A.

  • Kathryn Spargo

    Independent Non-executive Director, LLB (Hons), BA, FAICD
    Appointed Non-executive Director in September 2017. Chairman of the Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability Committee and Remuneration and Nomination Committee, and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
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    Ms Spargo holds a Bachelor of Law with Honours and an Arts degree from the University of Adelaide. Ms Spargo is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


    Ms Spargo has broad commercial experience, both in advisory roles (having worked in legal practice in the public and private sectors), and as a director of listed and unlisted companies.


    Ms Spargo is a Director of the following additional ASX listed companies: Sigma Healthcare Limited (since December 2015), Sonic Healthcare Limited (since July 2010) and Adairs Limited (since May 2015). She is also a director of the Geelong Football Club, Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre and Jellis Craig.


    Ms Spargo’s previous Board positions included Chairman of UGL, as well as directorships at Fulton Hogan, SMEC Holdings, Fletcher Building (March 2012 to September 2017), Xenith IP Ltd (April 2017 to August 2019), Pacific Hydro, Suncorp Portfolio Services, IOOF, Investec Bank, Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund, and Coinvest Ltd.

  • Robert Seidler AM

    Alternate Director, LLB
    Appointed Alternate Director for Mr del Valle Pérez in June 2014. Previously an Alternate Director for Mr Sassenfeld (from June 2014 to October 2017). Mr Seidler AM has served as an Alternate Director for a number of HOCHTIEF-nominated directors dating back to November 2003.
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    He has a degree in Law from the University of Sydney and is a former partner of Ashurst. 

    Mr Seidler AM has over 40 years’ experience as a lawyer, non-executive director on listed and unlisted companies in industries as diverse as funds management, banking, investment banking, hotel management as well as serving on government committees in both Australia and Japan. 

    Mr Seidler AM is Vice President of the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee, Senior Regional Executive, APAC Regional Office (Australia) for Hitachi Ltd, Principal of the Kokusai Business Advisory and was the Chairman of the Australian Olympic Committee Tokyo Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Business Council of Australia’s Asia Society’s “Asia Taskforce”. Mr Seidler AM has also been made a member of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan. 

    Mr Seidler AM was appointed as a Director of HOCHTIEF Australia in November 2011. From 2016 to 2019 Mr Seidler AM was the NSW Government’s Special Envoy – Japan. He was a Director of Investa Office Fund Management (July 2016 to December 2018) and Investa Listed Funds Management Limited (April 2016 to December 2018). He was the Chairman of Leighton Asia (November 2011 to September 2012), and Chairman of Leighton Properties (May 2010 to August 2012) and a Director of Leighton International (November 2009 to November 2011).

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