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Pilbara Ports Authority appoints new CEO

The WA government has announced who will take over leadership of Pilbara Port in 2023

The Western Australian government says ports minister Rita Saffioti has announced Samuel McSkimming as the new CEO of the Pilbara Ports Authority.

Saffioti says McSkimming brings significant experience to the role with more than a decade at Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail freight operator.

He is currently Aurizon’s general manager of New South Wales and Southeast Queensland.

McSkimming will take over from current CEO Roger Johnston, whose term expires on June 30, 2023.

“I want to congratulate Samuel McSkimming on his appointment as CEO of the Pilbara Ports Authority,” Saffioti says.

“The Pilbara Ports Authority play an integral role to the state, national and global economies and McSkimming brings considerable experience to the role, with more than a decade at Aurizon.


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“There is a significant amount of work to be delivered at our Pilbara ports, as we look to expand and diversify our exports, and I look forward to working closely with McSkimming as we deliver a number of important projects.

“I’d also like to thank Roger Johnston for guiding the Pilbara Ports Authority for the past 10 years, particularly through the challenges of the COVID pandemic.

“Roger’s leadership and strategic thinking has been integral to the growth of our Pilbara ports, and I wish him all the best for the future.”

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