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New Appointment: Max Rowe to head O'Donnell Griffin Victoria

14/01/2009

Norfolk Group Limited (ASX: NFK) subsidiary, O’Donnell Griffin (ODG), announced today it had appointed Max Rowe as State Manager Victoria.

Rowe has had a dynamic 40-year career in the electrical industry and is known as a results-focused, hands-on, proactive manager.

Norfolk Electrical and Communications Chief Executive, David Lee, said Max Rowe’s role in overseeing the state’s full business activity of p.a. approx $60 million turnover includes multiple projects in power, infrastructure and rail, along with recurring electrical and rail service contracts.

“While it’s true that the current business climate is pressured, O’Donnell Griffin is poised to take advantage because its business units are in sectors that are needing to expand, such as rail and the regeneration of urban rail and freight networks,” said Lee. “Rail is a growth corridor for the company and there are a number of contracts that have been completed by ODG in Victoria recently.”

Rowe is highly knowledgeable in the electrical and electro-mechanical industry, project management, estimating, manufacturing, customer focus and technical perspectives, across commercial, industrial and service sectors.

Prior to coming to O’Donnell Griffin, Rowe was National Operations Manager/General Manager for Nuvo Solutions where he was successful in increasing the brand, strategic planning, operational management, building customer relationships and identifying growth opportunities

Rowe has also held positions as General Manager of Retail Services and Plumbing at Yarra Valley Water, where he started a new ‘Water Conservation’ retail and plumbing business, and Managing Director of Rowe Corporation, which had large-scale operations in the electrical industry and involvement in the Asia Pacific region for more than two decades before selling to a public company in the mid-nineties.

Rowe has successfully completed a number of personal development, professional business management and industry accredited courses during his career including managing a number of successful business entities and winning the prestigious NECA award. He is also recognised in the industry for having a strong record in strategic planning, people management and building customer relationships, while growing business margins and revenue.

“My new role is going to be a fantastic challenge,” he said. “We’ve seen very good growth in the last two years and I’m optimistic.”

O’Donnell Griffin Pty Limited is part of the Electrical & Communications Division of the Norfolk Group, an ASX listed company. The Electrical and Communications Division includes O’Donnell Griffin, WF Energy Controls and Newpower Electrical (NZ).

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