NEW ZEALAND: Greg Miller resigned as Group Chief Executive of KiwiRail with immediate effect on November 24, saying that recent media allegations — which he rejects — had become a distraction and it was in the best interest of him, his family and the company to step down.

Miller became CEO in May 2019, having previously been Chairman. The local media has recently reported concerns about company culture under Miller, with 1News reporting ‘allegations of bullying, sexism and disrespectful behaviour’, and the KiwiRail board appointed an independent interviewer to look into the reasons for the departures of around 20 former staff.

Deputy Chief Executive Todd Moyle has been appointed as Acting Chief Executive while the board seeks a permanent replacement.

Acting Chair Sue McCormack said ‘the company’s senior management has the board’s full support as KiwiRail works through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and a change of leadership while remaining focussed on safety, and on delivering for New Zealand’.