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Who's the boss: Lucas Dow returns to the power seat at Adani

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Adani’s one-time chief executive Lucas Dow is back in the executive suites after being appointed as country head and chief executive of Adani Australia.

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It follows a mysterious five months during which Dow stood down as chief executive of Australian mining business, now known as Bravus, only to be appointed as a director. No explanation has been given for that move.

Dow’s reappointment follows the departure Jeyakumar Janakaraj, who better known as JJ, to head up the Adani global business in Singapore.

It also comes as the company announced it had created 2000 jobs on its Carmichael project, about 500 more than its estimates. It has also rebadged its mining business as Bravus.

Adani said in a statement that the role of country head and CEO of Adani Australia would mean Dow would be responsible for the mining, rail, port and renewables businesses in Australia. There was no change to the leadership of Bravus Mining & Resources or Adani’s other Australian port, rail and renewables businesses.

“This is a natural next step for Adani Australia. It will ensure continuity and strong leadership for the business moving forward,” a spokesman said.

“JJ will continue to play an active role in some of the Australian businesses as a board director, providing leadership guidance and expertise as Adani’s Australian businesses continue to mature.

Lucas Dow will also continue to be a director of Omni Resources.

Janakaraj said his time as Adani Australia country head and CEO had been a remarkable journey.

“During my time at Adani Australia we have had significant wins and also some challenges along the way, and it is incredibly satisfying to be handing the leadership of the business over to Lucas Dow, who we know from experience will reliably steer the ship moving forward,” he said.

“It is the right time for a change as the Adani Australia businesses each move into their next phases. We have strong leaders at the helm of each business and with Lucas as country head, our ongoing success is in good hands.”

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