Leatt-Hayter to retire from Fremantle Ports

Long-term senior executive bows out after 12 years as CEO

Leatt-Hayter to retire from Fremantle Ports
Chris Leatt-Hayter


Fremantle Ports CEO Chris Leatt-Hayter is to retire in January after 12 years in the role. 

Leatt-Hayter, who joined Fremantle Ports in 1992 from the Department of Transport, and was appointed CEO in December 2008, gains ports minister Alannah MacTiernan’s thanks for almost two decades of service to the port.

He has overseen major growth at Fremantle Inner Harbour and Kwinana Bulk Terminal, and led the organisation through a number of turbulent periods – the Global Financial Crisis, the previous Liberal Government’s unsuccessful port privatisation plan, and the Covid-19 pandemic.

A recruitment process is now underway for a new CEO for Fremantle Ports Authority. 

Read how Leatt-Hayter took DP World to task over container access charges, here

"Chris is a tireless worker with a deep sense of duty to his state, and we thank him for almost 20 years of service at Fremantle Ports Authority," MacTiernan says.

"As our largest cargo port, Fremantle Ports is critical to our state’s economy – and Chris has very ably steered the ship and helped our state to prosper.

"Over the last six months, Chris’ exemplary management of the Covid -19 pandemic at Fremantle Port – including his handling of the cruiseship crisis – helped to keep the Western Australian community safe, protected the health of port workers and kept our trading economy strong.

"We wish Chris the best for his well-deserved retirement."

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