JODIE Ransom, who has been in the role of acting CEO of the Fremantle Port Authority since the death of CEO Michael Parker on April 3, has been appointed as the new CEO.

Announcing the appointment which starts officially on 1 July, Ports Minister David Michael said Ms Ransom brings a wealth of experience to the role having spent more than 30 years in the ports and marine industries.

Ms Ransom is the second female CEO of the FPA. The first was former Governor of WA, the Hon Kerry Sanderson, who filled the role from 1991 to 2008.

Prior to this appointment Ms Ransom was General Manager – Operations at FPA and had been acting CEO since Michael Parker’s death.

She joined Fremantle Ports in early May following her role as General Manager, West with responsibility for Western Australia, Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea at Svitzer Australia.

Jodie began her 30-year career in the marine industry as a seafarer with BHP Transport before progressing into management, operational, commercial and supply chain roles, including with MUR Shipping Australia, Jebsens Australia and CBH Group. 

She is a previous member of the Freight and Logistics Council of Western Australia and was also on the board of the Kimberley Port Authority. Jodie holds formal qualifications in leadership and the marine industry.

Minister Michael congratulated Ms Ransom on her appointment.

“I am pleased to see the appointment of strong internal candidates to WA’s port authority CEO roles, showing the benefit of good succession planning,” the Minister said.

“It was clear that Jodie’s breadth of experience across port operations, marine and shipping as well as commodity export experience made her an ideal candidate for this appointment by the FPA Board.

“Fremantle Port Authority has a significant investment plan to deliver and has a vital role in the development of industry in Western Australia. I look forward to working with Jodie to realise the opportunities in front of us.”