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Murray King

Murray KingMurray King is a director and principal of Murray King & Francis Small Consultancy Limited, the business performance improvement consultancy based in Wellington, New Zealand and operating internationally.

Murray has extensive experience as a senior executive, director and consultant in improving business performance through strategic planning, advocacy and change management.

He is especially experienced in the areas of company start-ups, strategic planning, advocacy / negotiation, divestments, mergers, acquisitions, privatisation and IPOs, safety regimes, political liaison and representation, principally within the transport industry.

Murray completed his Doctorate in Geography at Victoria University, Wellington, then studied transport as a Research Fellow at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

For over a decade, Murray was a key member of the executive team that turned around the performance of New Zealand's rail operator achieving major productivity improvements (700% on key measure), an operating profit 1999 - 2000 of NZ$71m (net profit NZ$47m), while transport prices were halved in real terms.

Murray also helped lead Tranz Rail's transformation from government-owned corporation to listed company, as Executive Manager, Corporate Services during the privatisation and Initial Public Offering of Tranz Rail on sharemarkets in the USA and New Zealand (1996).

Since leaving Tranz Rail, Murray continues to assist the company with a wide range of issues. These include transport policy, road pricing, heavy trucks, branch line evaluation, property, heritage operations, sale of assets, outsourcing, competition regulation, ferry wash issues, safety and representational work. He has also assisted other parties with rail terminal evaluations, contract negotiations, and budget reviews.

Among other directorships and appointments, Murray was a director of telecommunications company Clear Communications for four years, a member of Wellington Regional Council's Urban Transport Committee for five years, and is a member of the Australasian Railway Association's Executive Committee, and Chairman of its New Zealand Group.

An accomplished writer and presenter, Murray has written numerous papers and articles for professional journals including World Bank publications and delivered many keynote and other addresses for transport and engineering conferences. Amongst other awards he won the BP award for the best paper presented to the Chartered Institute of Transport on transport issues in 1979.

Professional associations include: Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport, Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management, Member of the NZ Association of Economists, Member of NZ Geographical Society, Companion of the Institution of Professional Engineers of NZ.

Murray is married with three adult sons, and lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

Contact details:
Business phone: +64 4 473 3364
Facsimile: +64 4 472 8620

Francis Small
tel: +64 4 473 3364
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