30/06/2008 - 14:19

Fremantle Ports CEO to retire

30/06/2008 - 14:19

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After 17 years at the helm of Fremantle Ports, chief executive Kerry Sanderson has announced her retirement.

After 17 years at the helm of Fremantle Ports, chief executive Kerry Sanderson has announced her retirement.

In a statement today, Ms Sanderson said she would not be seeking to renew her contract past the end of October this year. She has not indicated her intentions post October.

Ms Sanderson has overseen major organisation changes and growth in her time as CEO, with the number of containers handled through the port now more than four times the level in the early 1990s.

Ms Sanderson is currently president of Ports of Australia and has been awarded the Order of Australia.

"I am leaving the position at a time when we have some significant achievements to be proud of and a number of other strategically important projects progressing well. We have a strong team well equipped to go forward with these. At the same time I want to ensure there is sufficient notice for an orderly transition to a new CEO," she said.

Below is the full announcement from Fremantle Ports

Fremantle Ports Chief Executive Officer, Kerry Sanderson recently confirmed with Fremantle Ports' Board that she will not seek to renew her contract past the end of October 2008. The four month period is intended to give time for the Board to appoint a successor and to complete an appropriate handover. She has not indicated her intentions post October 2008.

She has held her current position at Fremantle Ports since 1991 after four years as Deputy Director General of Transport in Western Australia and an earlier senior role with the Department of Treasury.

"I have greatly enjoyed my seventeen years at the helm of Fremantle Ports," Kerry said. "It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to serve in this role for a State that depends on trade and within an organisation and with a State Government committed to helping exporters and importers.

"I am leaving the position at a time when we have some significant achievements to be proud of and a number of other strategically important projects progressing well. We have a strong team well equipped to go forward with these. At the same time I want to ensure there is sufficient notice for an orderly transition to a new CEO," she said.

Kerry Sanderson has overseen major organisational changes and growth in her time with Fremantle Ports. The number of containers handled through Fremantle is now more than four times the level in the early 1990s, innovative technologies and business systems have been introduced and Fremantle Ports' bulk handling capacity at Kwinana has been expanded.

As well as her role as Fremantle Ports CEO, Kerry Sanderson has contributed as a member of a number of boards and committees, both in Western Australia and nationally. She is currently President of Ports Australia; she was an inaugural member and has chaired the Infrastructure Steering Group of the Australian Logistics Council. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and of the Australian Institute of Management and a Trustee for the Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation..

Kerry was awarded an Order of Australia and was the inaugural inductee to the national Lloyd's List Shipping and Transport Hall of Fame in recognition of her contribution to the transport and shipping industry. She also was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Western Australia and an Export Hero Award 2008 from the Australian Institute of Export.

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