SUGAR Terminals Limited has announced a significant leadership change, with David Quinn to take over as chief executive in October, following the retirement of current CEO John Warda.

Mr Quinn has more than 25 years of experience in private and public sector organisations.

This experience has extended across major infrastructure, transport and logistics, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas.

Recently, Mr Quinn has been an advisor to national logistics business Linfox where he led their acquisition of the Aurizon intermodal freight business.


Previously he was CEO of Building Queensland and held executive management roles with Projects Queensland, TasRail, Asciano Group, GasNet Australia and BHP.

STL runs sugar terminals in Queensland ports including Cairns, Mourilyan, Lucinda, Townsville, Mackay and Bundaberg.

Chairman Mark Gray said Mr Quinn’s experience in supply chain logistics and asset management, particularly in regional Queensland, made him an excellent choice.

“David’s diverse career is an ideal fit for STL’s strategy to grow and diversify our bulk commodity storage and handling business in Queensland, to complement our core sugar business,” Mr Gray said.

Mr Quinn holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Melbourne.

Outgoing STL CEO John Warda at an ICHCA Australia gathering. Photo: David Sexton

He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria and lives in Brisbane.

Mr Quinn’s appointment is aimed at ensuring an adequate handover period, with John Warda retiring from the role in October after the STL annual meeting.

Mr Gray acknowledged the work of Mr Warda during his three-and-a-half years as STL’s CEO.

“John has overseen a period of rapid change for the company and built an effective team,” he said.

“My fellow Directors and I commend John for his service and wish him well for the future.”