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Director changes for Ports of Auckland Ltd

Director changes for Ports of Auckland Ltd

Auckland, 6 December 2013 - Auckland Council Investments Limited (ACIL), the 100 per cent shareholder in the Ports of Auckland Ltd (POAL) has today announced several director changes for the ports company.

Director Graeme Hawkins has been appointed Acting Chairman after Richard Pearson had signaled his intention to step down when his current director term expires this month.

ACIL Chairman Simon Allen said Mr Pearson had stewarded the Ports company through a challenging period in its development.

“Richard has indicated his wish to step down to allow a new Chair to take the company through its next stages and build on the recent improvements and new service gains,” Mr Allen said.

“The chairmanship is in capable and experienced hands with Graeme Hawkins on an acting basis while we work through the appointment process for a new chair to lead the board into the next stage of the Port’s development,” he said.
The board changes also see the appointment of new director Rodger Fisher and the re-appointment of incumbent director Wayne Walden.

Over the course of his career, Mr Fisher has held chief executive and director roles in the transportation, civil aviation, freight forwarding and logistics management sectors, both domestically and internationally.

He is currently Chairman of Ultra Fast Fibre Limited, Eurotech Group Limited and the Property Group Limited and Tenon Limited. He was previously Managing Director of Owens Group Limited and chairman of Civil Aviation Authority, Aviation Security Services, WEL Networks Limited, Lyttelton Port Company Limited and the Auckland Blues.

Mr Fisher is an Accredited Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries New Zealand, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in New Zealand.

The changes are effective immediately.

ENDS

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