PORTS of Auckland has appointed Roger Gray as the company’s new chief executive officer, effective from 4 April 2022.

POAL board chair Jan Dawson said Mr Gray and the board are committed to delivering a safe and productive workplace, serving customers and stakeholders.

“Roger has been Lyttelton Port Company’s chief executive officer since February 2020 and prior to that has worked at a senior level in large, complex businesses with a focus on the supply chain and logistics,” Ms Dawson said.

“Roger brings a great deal of experience to the role of CEO of Ports of Auckland, and I am looking forward to working with him to realise the potential of the business and its people.”

Mr Gray said he was pleased to be joining the port.

“I am very excited to be joining the Ports of Auckland whānau [family] in the new year,” he said.

“Ports of Auckland is a business with huge potential and I’m looking forward to being part of the team that plays such an essential role for Auckland and New Zealand.”

Ms Dawson acknowledged Wayne Thompson’s work as interim CEO

“Wayne provided calm and compassionate leadership at a very challenging time for the business and has made significant progress toward a safer, happier workplace,” she said.

“The board would like to thank him for his work to date and through the coming transition.”

POAL’s previous CEO, Tony Gibson, stepped down from the role in June amongst considerable controversy.

Mr Gibson announced his resignation in the wake of a damning report on safety at the port. The report was commissioned following several fatal accidents between 2017 and 2020.