PORTS Victoria has appointed Craig Walker as its next chief executive officer.

Mr Walker is due to commence his new role in February this year, succeeding interim CEO Jacinta Mackey and, prior to Ms Mackey, former CEO Brendan Webb.

In previous positions, Mr Walker has held various advisor roles within government and as chief operations officer and executive general manager for Gladstone Ports Corporation.

He has also worked with rail freight company QR National and has sat on numerous boards including a position at North Queensland Bulk Ports.

Victorian minister for ports and freight Melissa Horne expects Mr Walker’s appointment to bring leadership and experience to the commercial ports role.

“I am delighted to announce Craig Walker’s appointment as Ports Victoria CEO,” Ms Horne said.

“His extensive experience will be vital as we manage rapid growth to meet the future needs of our freight task.

“Victoria’s commercial ports are our engines for economic growth and we look forward to Craig’s extensive background, leadership, insight and knowledge playing a key role in the sector.”

Mr Walker said he was excited to be working with the Ports Victoria team to lead the corporation through an important period of growth, diversity and change.

“Our work cannot be underestimated in facilitating the growth and prosperity of the commercial ports of Victoria,” he said.

Ports Victoria manages maritime navigation and operational safety for the ports of Melbourne, Geelong and Hastings and oversees the operations at the port of Portland.