John Flecker

John Flecker

John Flecker

Length of time with BM: 27 years
Current Position: CEO – Australasia
Degree/s: Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, Chartered Professional Engineer, Registered Builder
University : University of Western Australia

How did you progress to the position of CEO and was it a typical path?

Cadet > Site Engineer > Design Manager/Commercial Manager > RD > RMD > MD > CEO. I don’t believe there really is a typical path if you look at the progression of our current group of Execs. It is often thought that the typical path includes a stint as a Project Manager, which in my case I didn’t do.

What were the benefits of being a cadet?

I was able to gain a breadth of experience from the ground up and learnt to interact with people from all walks of life and in all parts of our supply chain. This ranged from construction workers to sub-contractors to designers to clients and of course our staff. These are all important skills you don’t necessarily learn from working in an office.

Besides becoming the CEO of the Australasian business, what other amazing opportunities have you been given throughout your career with Multiplex?

Although I have lived in Perth throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to be involved with projects and businesses within Multiplex internationally. This has included all states of Australia, the Middle East, Europe, South East Asia, Canada and India. In the earlier years of my career I was fortunate to have access to senior management who were very generous in sharing their knowledge and this is something I try to continue today.

Describe the best project you worked on and why?

Personally, a project that will leave a lasting impression on me is the Subiaco Tunnel and Station. We were told that the engineering requirements were impossible but we found a way and excelled.

As the CEO, I’m proud of all our projects. I still struggle to throw out old project documents and photos even though they are long past being required – must be getting sentimental in my old age!