A NEW chief executive has been appointed to run the Tasmanian Ports Corporation (TasPorts).

TasPorts chairman and former Port of Melbourne CEO Stephen Bradford said 44-year-old Anthony Donald was chosen from “a strong field” of candidates.

“Mr Donald is highly experienced in the maritime sector, as well as transport and logistics, and has done an excellent job as the acting CEO since September last year,” Mr Bradford said.

“Prior to working in the Acting CEO role, he was the organisation’s chief operating officer and prior to that ran his own consultancy business. He has also held senior executive positions at the Port of Melbourne and Melbourne Airport.”

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Mr Bradford said the appointment of a qualified CEO to run the organisation forward was a critical decision.

“The board is confident that Mr Donald’s management style and skills, on top of his relevant industry experience, are important attributes that will assist him in the role,” he said.

Mr Donald, who holds a civil engineering degree, said he was pleased to be given the opportunity to continue the work he started as acting CEO.

“Tasmania and its many and varied businesses have enormous potential,” he said.

“TasPorts – which is responsible for 99% of the state’s freight task – clearly has a key role to assist these businesses to meet that potential.

“The implementation of our port master plan – an investment of more than $200m in infrastructure over the next 15-years – is also a critical piece of work that I am very much looking forward to playing a part in.”

Mr Donald took on the role of acting CEO late last year following the retirement of Paul Weedon.

TasPorts has been through a difficult period with the departure of a number of managers during the past two years.

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