Managing Director
Leighton International

David Savage has held senior executive roles in the construction industry in Asia for more than 25 years.

Mr Savage joined Leighton in 1998 as Director and General Manager of Leighton Contractors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. In this role he oversaw the development of the Malaysian operation into Leighton Asia’s key revenue earners.

In 2001 Mr Savage was appointed Deputy Managing Director of Leighton Asia’s Southern Region.

In his current role as Managing Director of Leighton International Limited, Mr Savage has responsibility for all Leighton’s activities in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Sri Lanka, India and the Central Asian Republics. He has overseen a period of sustained growth to make Leighton International one of the leading contributors to the Leighton Group. 

In 2007, Mr Savage oversaw the merger of the company’s activities in the Gulf region with Al Habtoor Engineering, one of the region’s leading building contactors. The merger led to a significant increase in work in hand and consolidated the company’s presence in the Gulf region for the long-term. As part of the merger, Mr Savage took on the additional role of Managing Director of the Al Habtoor Leighton Group, a position he held until September 2009. He remains an Executive Director of the Group.

Mr. David Savage has from January, 2010 assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Leighton Holdings Limited with overall responsibility for the businesses that make up Leighton International Limited.

Prior to joining Leighton, Mr Savage was responsible for the Philippines operation of another leading Australian construction and engineering company. He developed the operation into a multi-disciplined business generating annual revenue of around US$100 million. 

Mr Savage holds a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. He is an Associate Director of Leighton Holdings, the listed entity of Australia’s largest project management and contracting group, the Leighton Group.