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Port of Brisbane appoints new CEO

The appointment comes as the port continues to clean up after the Queensland floods

The Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) has announced the appointment of Neil Stephens as its new CEO.

PBPL chairman Guy Cowan made the announcement after conducting an extensive international search.

Stephens has led the port over the last eight months, acting as interim CEO while continuing in his capacity as the CFO.

The PBPL board has worked with a leading executive search firm in its search for a new CEO, reaching high-calibre leaders from a broad range of backgrounds and industries.

“As a board, we have been impressed with Neil’s leadership as interim CEO with the strong support of the port’s executive leadership team during what has been a challenging period for our industry and the global economy as a whole,” Cowan says.

“We believe that Neil is the right person to lead the organisation moving forward and we are excited to see PBPL deliver on its long-term vision to be Australia’s premier port and logistics hub.

“On behalf of the PBPL board of directors, I would like to congratulate Neil on his appointment and thank the entire Port of Brisbane team for their ongoing support and commitment.”


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Having already faced significant challenges while acting as interim CEO, Stephens says he’s ready to take on the challenge as the port continues to recover from the Queensland floods.

“I’m excited to continue working with our team, our customers, our stakeholders and our shareholders to grow value for the entire port community,” he says.

“We’ve seen the port community respond magnificently to both COVID-19 challenges and the recent flooding crisis, as Queensland continues to grow as we head towards the 2032 Olympics, we have a lot to look forward to.”

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