Port of Newcastle in double executive appointment

Thornton and Brown to drive port’s diversification efforts

Port of Newcastle in double executive appointment
Paul Brown


The Port of Newcastle (PON) has expanded its executive team, enlisting Glenn Thornton and Paul Brown to help lead its "major growth phase".

Thornton is the new executive manager projects and Brown arrives as the port’s executive manager business development.

Brown is the former general manager of growth and business development at freight rail operator Aurizon and was most recently General Electric sales director, including in its transport arm.

Thornton was most recently the NSW region director and project director advisory for engineering services consultancy WSP and has more than 30 years’ experience in the delivery of major infrastructure

"The investment that is planned for the Port of Newcastle will not only create thousands of jobs during construction, it will also have huge ongoing employment and business growth implications for this city and the Hunter region for the years to come," Thornton says.

Brown adds: "The port is a key asset for the Hunter and NSW more broadly – we need to diversify the product and customer base, and grow and develop the asset sustainably, if we are to succeed in future-proofing both the local economy and the port."

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Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody says the two executive appointments will play a major role in the port’s diversification plans.

"Both Glenn and Paul have extensive leadership experience involving significant assets and projects worth billions of dollars – this will be critical as the port pursues projects designed to directly contribute to the Hunter’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and secure the region’s long term prosperity," Carmody says.

"Port of Newcastle is building the foundations of a broader plan to ensure the Hunter, NSW and Australian economies have the future infrastructure they will need – that involves investments in a range of trade opportunities, including the proposed $1.8 billion Multi-purpose Deepwater Terminal (MDT) project.

"In both cases, we have appointed senior leaders with a deep understanding of, and first-hand experience in, all commercial aspects of the large-scale projects Port of Newcastle is now pursuing."

The appointees start their new roles on June 9.


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