Ports Australia has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), following the retirement of David Anderson.

Michael Gallacher has been appointed CEO after extensive nationwide recruitment process.

Mr Gallacher’s long standing interest and understanding of ports and shipping related issues, together with his widely acknowledged advocacy and policy development skills were instrumental in his successful application.

His relationship with the industry developed with his appointment as Shadow Minister for Ports following the 2003 New South Wales State election and from that time he has been the strongest advocate for the future growth and advancement of the industry.

Mr Gallacher’s list of achievements as a Minister highlights his ability to prosecute the need for policy change and then personally drive the negotiation and public debate process to achieve the required outcome.

He has a proven track record of working with his federal and state political counterparts across the political spectrum to achieve nationwide outcomes.

Chairman of Ports Australia, Vincent Tremaine, said, “There is no doubt that Michael will build on the outstanding leadership and direction set by our former CEO David Anderson to drive the public profile of Ports Australia and to strongly advocate on the issues affecting the efficiency and development of our nation’s shipping gateways.

“Ports Australia would also like to sincerely thank David Anderson for remaining in his position in a part-time capacity during this transition period. We appreciate his ten years of exemplary service as Ports Australia’s CEO and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”

Mr Gallacher will commence his role at Ports Australia on 18 April 2017.

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