Port of Melbourne Corporation names new CEO

CTAA believes Bourke's leadership will ensure a 'smooth transition' of the port into a private entity

Port of Melbourne Corporation names new CEO
Brendan Bourke


Less than two months after the 50-year lease of one of Australia’s biggest cargo ports was finalised, the winning Lonsdale Consortium has announced the appointment of Port of Melbourne Corporation’s new CEO, Brendan Bourke.

The Lonsdale Consortium, which constitutes Future Fund, QIC, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) and OMERS, says the appointment was effective from Monday.

Bourke has more than 35 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector.

He had held chief executive positions at Queensland Motorways and CityLink, and has also served as the chief operating officer of Transurban Group.

"As Australia’s largest container, automotive and general cargo port, the Port of Melbourne is a truly landmark asset and I am delighted to be joining as CEO at this exciting time in the Port of Melbourne’s proud history," Bourke says.

"I look forward to leading the organisation and working with all stakeholders to ensure the Port upholds its track record of providing world class facilities and services to industry and being a responsible neighbour within the community."

Welcoming the news, the Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) says it is confident that Bourke’s leadership will ensure a smooth transition of the port into a private entity.

"Brendan has an impeccable pedigree in managing complex infrastructure businesses, and is an engaging leader," CTAA director Neil Chambers says.

"We have no doubt that the transition of the PoMC into the private leasehold entity will be managed smoothly under Brendan’s guidance.

"There is much to be done to ensure that the Port of Melbourne continues the be the leading container port in Australia, including tackling future landside interface and productivity issues, and ensuring that future port developments are progressed in a strong partnership with port lessees and other industry stakeholders.

"The strong Alliance of container logistics companies brought together under the CTAA banner look forward to working with Brendan and his revitalised executive team."

The consortium also acknowledged the efforts of outgoing CEO Nick Easy and thanked him for the "important role he has played in the evolution of the Port of Melbourne and wishes him all the best for the next stage in his career".

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