Patrick was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of the Pacific National Group in October 2021.
Prior to joining the Pacific National Group, Patrick was Senior Vice President of Caterpillars Rail Division, Progress Rail responsible for China, India, South East Asia and Australia. Progress Rail is a global rail supplier of Rollingstock and Infrastructure with approx. 10,000 employees globally and is part of the Energy and Transportation group within Caterpillar. He joined Caterpillar in July 2017.
Prior to his time at Caterpillar, Patrick was Senior Vice President at Aurizon from 2009 to 2017. He held a number of operational, engineering and planning roles across both above and below rail operations driving significant transformation post the privatisation of Aurizon. Patrick has worked across Rail, Ports and Logistics with companies including Asciano, Toll and P&O Ports and has a deep understanding of rail and logistics within Australia.
Mr. O’Donnell holds an MBA from Swinburne University, completed the Caterpillar Duke University executive development program and has studied finance and strategy at the London School of Economics.