Port Otago names new Chief Executive

Media Release – 31 October 2016

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Kevin Winders

The Board of Port Otago is pleased to confirm the appointment of Kevin Winders to the role of Chief Executive of Port Otago.

Mr Winders will join in February and will take over the mantle from current Chief Executive Geoff Plunket, who is retiring at end 2017. 

He has been the Chief Operating Officer of Silver Fern Farms  since 2011 with previous roles with PGG Wrightson, Contact Energy and KPMG.

Mr Winders brings a strong financial and strategic skill set and has a good understanding of shipping though his involvement with Kotahi, the joint venture between Fonterra Cooperative Group and Silver Fern Farms. “I am looking forward to the challenge of the new role and being part of the team to deliver the ‘Next Generation’ infrastructural programme,” he said.

Port Otago Chairman David Faulkner said the appointment had been the culmination of a three month recruitment process. “There were a number of very strong candidates and Kevin ticked all the boxes. We are delighted to have him on board.”

About Port Otago

Port Otago Limited provides a full range of port-related services from its Port Chalmers and Dunedin facilities. It has approximately 310 employees and a number of contractors.

The company reported an improved dividend of $7.3 million to its parent Otago Regional Council for the year to end June 2016 from group profit of $34.1 million. Container throughput was 172,400 teu (twenty foot equivalent units) the last financial year with log exports at 813,000.

The company is well advanced with its $45 million ‘Next Generation’ infrastructural upgrade aimed at deepening the Port shipping channel, increasing the port’s capacity with more cargo flexibility for all users.  Port Chalmers also had 87 cruise vessels confirmed for the upcoming season, including the 348-metre Ovation of the Seas, which would arrive in December.

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For further comment, please contact:

Mr David Faulkner

Chairman – Port Otago Limited

027 495 7576