NSW Ports has announced board chairman Paul McClintock AO will step down next month after more than six-and-a-half years.

Replacing him will be Patricia McKenzie, who comes to the role with considerable experience as a non-executive director and chair of government and private sector organisations.

Ms McKenzie has a background in energy and is currently a non-executive director of AGL Energy and The Housing Connection, a not for-profit entity.

She was previously chair at Essential Energy, Healthdirect Australia Limited and Diabetes Australia, and has held board roles at APA Group, Transgrid, and Macquarie Generation.

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Speaking about her appointment, Ms McKenzie said she was pleased to be joining the organisation.

“NSW Ports manages a $5 billion asset portfolio consisting of NSW’s key trade gateways of Port Botany and Port Kembla, and two intermodal hubs at Enfield and Cooks River,” Ms McKenzie said.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to work alongside both the Board and the executive team to continue to drive sustainable growth of the ports and intermodal terminals.”

NSW Ports chief executive, Marika Calfas welcomed Ms McKenzie to the role and thanked Mr McClintock for his contribution.

“Paul joined NSW Ports in 2013, just after NSW Ports took over management of Port Botany and Port Kembla from the NSW Government,” Ms Calfas said.

“Throughout the years he has helped the business transform into a world class port and logistics manager focussed on driving sustainable growth.

“Paul has left an enduring mark on the company and I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank him for his long-standing support of and commitment to the business and his leadership of the Board and guidance to the executive team.”

Ms McKenzie’s appointment takes place on 5 March. 

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