Bourke to hand Cannon the POM reins

Chair Stanhope praises outgoing CEO’s accomplishments during tenure

Bourke to hand Cannon the POM reins
Brendan Bourke. Pic: PoM


Port of Melbourne CEO Brendan Bourke is to retire after five years in the role.

His position will then be taken by Toll Group CFO Saul Cannon on November 15, the Port of Melbourne Group (PoM) revealed.

Bourke came to the job just after the organisation was awarded of the $9.7 million 50-year port lease.

PoM points out that, since that time, Bourke has led significant programs and projects including the Port Development Strategy, outlining how the port will adapt to growth over the next 30 years, and delivered a port rail strategy that will provide a new on-port rail terminal to grow the volume of containers that move by rail, managed investments of more $370 million.

"Brendan has demonstrated outstanding commitment and leadership to PoM and I want to publicly thank Brendan for his service in ensuring the port continues to perform its essential role in facilitating trade and contributing to the state’s economy." PoM chair John Stanhope said.

Read about PoM’s port rail progress, here

PoM also noted that Bourke was instrumental in improving organisational operations and strengthening the approach to safety by implementing the port’s Integrated Management System which includes four ISO certifications covering: Asset Management, Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety, and Quality Management Systems.

Bourke also made staff engagement a priority, improving year on year through his leadership to receive recognition as a Top 10 Best Employer by leading human capital firm Kincentric.

"I wish Brendan well in his retirement and am confident the Port and port freight supply chain community will benefit from his valued leadership and achievements delivered over the last five years," Stanhope said.

A Toll background has been helpful previously at PoM, the organisation having appointed former Linfox and Toll executive Shaun Mooney last year as executive general manager, commercial.


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