PORTS North has appointed Richard Stevenson as its new chief executive officer.

Ports North said the organisation appointed Mr Stevenson after an extensive recruitment process. Mr Stevenson was previously general manager – operations at Ports North.

In his new executive role, he succeeds Chris Boland, who stepped down on 30 June after more than 33 years at the company.

Ports North chair Russell Beer said he was delighted with Mr Stevenson’s appointment, highlighting his “wealth of experience” and deep understanding of the business.

“Richard is a local to the region and has been employed by Ports North since 2013 where he has done great things,’ Mr Beer said in a social media post.

“Throughout Richard’s time with us he has demonstrated that he has significant leadership capabilities. He also brings an excellent understanding of the Far North region, Ports North’s business and its stakeholders.

“This appointment marks an exciting new chapter for Ports North and the board is looking forward to working with Richard to ensure that Ports North continues to support our valued port stakeholders by facilitating trade and delivering infrastructure that helps drive regional economic growth throughout Far North Queensland.”

Mr Stevenson said he was excited to take on the role to progress the organisation’s contribution to regional economic growth.

“These are exciting times for the organisation as it works with stakeholders to progress critical regional development opportunities such as the Cairns Marine Precinct and our regional ports,” he said.

“Ports North is a fantastic organisation with great people and great customers and I welcome the opportunity to work with all of our stakeholders to take the business forward.”