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The North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 

NQBP Chair Jane McTaggart welcomed the appointment of Brendan Webb – who is currently CEO of Ports Victoria – back to NQBP and back to Queensland.

“As a government-owned port authority, our ports and our people deliver essential port services facilitating billions of dollars of trade worldwide for the benefit of the people of Queensland,” Ms McTaggart said.

“We believe that Brendan is the right person to lead NQBP to deliver on our long-term vision to be global leaders in the sustainable facilitation of port trade and further the economy of Queensland.”

Ms McTaggart said that as well as a deep understanding of NQBP and ports, Mr Webb has extensive commercial experience, having held senior leadership roles in heavy haulage and mining support sectors. 

“He has experience in commercial sales, trade development, and 24/7 operations including safety and emergency management,” Ms McTaggart said.

“Brendan has a strong commitment to Mackay and north Queensland, having previously worked in the Mackay region for eleven years.”

Ms McTaggart said the new CEO would commence in early October and be based in NQBP’s Mackay head office.

Ms McTaggart thanked Acting CEO, Belinda Kenny, for her outstanding leadership during the recruitment period. Ms Kenny will continue to act as CEO until 2 October, before returning to her role as Chief Financial Officer.

Mr Webb said, “As a former General Manager with NQBP for almost five years, I hold a deep connection with the organisation. I look forward to leading a positive team culture, and fostering a unified organisation which is resilient and capable of navigating challenges that may arise.”

Ms McTaggart also thanked previous CEO Nicolas Fertin, who resigned in December 2022 after four years in the role, for his contribution to NQBP.

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