Patrick boss Garaty to hand over reins


Asciano is to lose the boss of its Patrick container terminals and stevedoring division, Paul Garaty, early next year. <br /><br /> Despite trenchant recent criticism of Patrick in Sydney from the trucking, container shipping and freight forwarding sectors, Asciano CEO John Mullen praised the outgoing director, who took up the Patrick post only in January. “The Patrick businesses have achieved significant improvements in performance over the last 18 months under Paul’s leadership and given the depth of the senior management team in the ports division, we are confident this performance will continue and that it will be business as usual with our customers and stakeholders," Asciano CEO John Mullen says.

By Rob McKay | October 10, 2011

Asciano is to lose Paul Garaty, the boss of its Patrick container terminals, stevedoring and port services
division, early next year.

Despite trenchant recent criticism of Patrick in Sydney from the trucking, container shipping and freight forwarding sectors, Asciano CEO John Mullen praised the outgoing director, who took up the Patrick post only in January.

"The Patrick businesses have achieved significant improvements in performance over the last 18 months under Paul’s leadership and given the depth of the senior management team in the ports division, we are confident this performance will continue and that it will be business as usual with our customers and stakeholders," Asciano CEO John Mullen says.

Garaty will be "available to the company for advice and support" after a replacement is found.

A spokeswoman insisted that the move was Garaty’s.

"It’s a personal decision after a combined 13 years across Toll and Asciano," she says.

"Paul feels this is right time to make a change and is keen to take some time out and spend some time with his family as he has been away from them a lot over the last four years.

"Paul will remain with the company to ensure that we meet important milestones coming up over the remainder of 2011."

An internal and external search for a replacement is underway.

During that time, Patrick division heads will report to Mullen.

The announcement comes as Patrick faces ongoing industrial action by the Maritime Union of Australia at all its port terminals over a new enterprise agreement.

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