Perth, Australia-based heavy equipment rental company Emeco Holdings has named Ken Lewsey managing director and CEO effective Nov. 4. Lewsey replaces Keith Gordon, who stepped down in July after four years in the position.

Lewsey has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in the logistics, steel and mining services industries. He was most recently executive vice president of business development at Aurizon, where he also served as CEO of the Freight Group, a business with more than $1 billion in revenue. Lewsey also held executive positions at Brambles Industrial Services, Cleanaway Industrial, Smorgon Steel and BHP Steel.

“After an extensive search, the board is delighted to appoint Ken to the position of managing director,” said Emeco Holdings chairman Alec Brennan. “We feel his leadership, business development and industry experience are ideally suited to Emeco and we look forward to Ken leading the company through its next phase of development.”

“I am committed to ensuring the disciplined approach to balance-sheet management continues as we enhance our operations in order to meet customers’ needs,” Lewsey said.

Emeco rents heavy construction and mining equipment in Australia, Canada, Chile and Indonesia, with Canadian operations based in Alberta. Emeco is No. 39 on the RER 100.