Tuesday 13th Nov, 2018

Changing of the guard in the Victorian ports scene

Photo: Port of Melbourne
Photo: Port of Melbourne

PORT of Melbourne has announced the appointment of Jim Cooper to the role of executive general manager, commercial.

In taking on this role Mr Cooper is stepping aside from his job as Port of Portland chief executive, a role he has held for eight years.

Greg Tremewen has been confirmed as Portland’s new chief executive, stepping up from the role of chief financial officer.

Mr Cooper assumes responsibility for business service functions at Melbourne.

Port of Melbourne chief executive Brendan Bourke said the appointment of Mr Cooper came at an important time as the port sought to attract new business.

“The Port of Melbourne is aligned with the commercial interests of our tenants and customers to grow the port to ensure a sustainable competitive supply chain,” Mr Bourke said.

“Jim brings to the Port of Melbourne a strong commitment to safety, customer service and sustainability and will be a strong advocate for the port’s tenants and customers.”

Mr Cooper said he was excited by the appointment.

“As Australia’s largest port, the Port of Melbourne has the opportunity to drive significant public policy outcomes that will enhance its competitive position,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with industry stakeholders to explore and realise business opportunities.”

Mr Cooper served as a member of the Victorian Ministerial Freight Reference Group and has been deputy chairman of Ports Australia and chairman of the Committee for Portland.

Palisade Ports (the owner of Port of Portland) director Lindsay Ward thanked Mr Cooper for “his leadership, dedication and efforts to grow the business over the last eight years as CEO and we wish him all the very best with his future endeavours”.

Mr Tremewen said he was pleased to take on the role.

“When the opportunity unexpectedly arose to re-join the port in the capacity of CEO, I was delighted to accept,” he said. “It is a great company with fantastic people and has excellent facilities.”

These changes occurred as Palisade completed the acquisition of the 50% of Port of Portland it did not already own. The stake was acquired from Hastings Funds Management.

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