PORT of Tauranga’s board will have a new member after Fraser Whineray joins later this month.

Mr Whineray, who will officially join on 31 October, will replace Quayside Holding’s appointee Sir Rob McLeod KNZM.

Port of Tauranga chair Julia Hoare said Mr Whineray’s executive experience, including most recently as chief operating officer of dairy giant Fonterra and as a former chief executive of power company Mercury, brings valuable commercial expertise to the board of New Zealand’s largest port.

“Fraser also brings a deep understanding of global trade and supply chains, and his knowledge will be invaluable as we continue to invest in building New Zealand’s supply chain capacity and resilience,” she said.

In addition to Mr Whineray’s former senior executive roles, he has held governance positions with several other companies.

Ms Hoare thanked Mr McLeod for his significant contribution in his seven years on the Port of Tauranga Board.

“We are grateful for Sir Rob’s insights and expertise and thank him for his tenure. His commercial acumen and sound judgement have served us well as we have negotiated many challenges in the past few years,” she said.

In recognition of Sir Rob’s extensive career spanning numerous professional and governance positions, he received the Judges’ Recognition Award at the 2022 Deloitte Top 200 Awards.

Sir Rob retires from the Board and Fraser joins with effect from 31 October 2023.