AFTER 18 years at Napier Port’s helm, Garth Cowie is retiring as chief executive and Todd Dawson is to step into his well-worn shoes, the Port has announced.
Napier Port chairman Alasdair MacLeod said they were big shoes indeed. “But, I’m confident Todd brings the skill, acumen and tenacity we need to take Napier Port into the future,” he said.
“Under Garth’s leadership, Napier Port has seen 18 years of continuous growth and investment in infrastructure and capability.”
Mr Dawson said he it was an exciting time to join the port.
“Napier Port is a vital link between central New Zealand businesses and world markets, and has a special place in the history of Hawke’s Bay,” he said.
Mr Cowie welcomed the appointment of his successor.
“I am immensely proud of the team we have here, the culture we have built, and everything we’ve achieved over the past two decades,” he said.
“Napier Port is well-positioned for the future, and I’m confident that I leave the company in the very capable hands of Todd.”
Mr Dawson has more than 20 years’ experience under his belt and has previously held senior roles at IBM and Toll New Zealand.
Most recently he was with Kotahi Logistics where he was general manager of BoxConnect, leading strategic programs and implementing new ventures and strategic partnerships.
Mr Dawson will start in the role in January after relocating from Auckland.