THE Mid West Ports Authority has bid farewell to its long-serving CEO, Peter Klein, who has stepped down to pursue a new career path.
Since stepping into the role in 2006, Mr Klein has steered the organisation through a complex chapter of growth, expansion and political change.
Mr Klein said the past 12 years had been both exciting and challenging.
“The Mid West Ports Authority is currently in a strong position,” he said.
“It’s on-track to exceed its budget performance for 2017/18, enjoys strong and improving employee and customer engagement and is working on a highly prospective collection of new business opportunities.”
Mr Klein said the Port’s future looked prosperous.
“While we are facing some short-term challenges, the future is very bright,” he said.
“In terms of my future, I will take a short break to spend time with my family before pursuing my next career challenge.”
During his tenure as CEO, Mr Klein oversaw several notable developments, including the delivery of the $55m Berth 5 Iron Ore Enhancement, the $20m Berth 4 refurbishment projects and a further investment of $60m in various other capital and reinvestment project.
Also, the port has seen trade growth greater than 250% since 2006.
During this time, the Port also hosted an international surge symposium to explore how operating days lost to surge could be reduced.
This led to a trial and subsequent purchase of shore tension units, redefining the port’s operation and creating the opportunity to bring cruise vessels into the harbour.