Port Taranaki Chairman, John Auld, announced today that Port Taranaki’s Commercial Manager Guy Roper has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive of the port succeeding Roy Weaver who in December last year announced his intention to retire. The appointment of Guy Roper follows a rigorous appointment process undertaken by the Board since that time.
Guy Roper joined Port Taranaki in the role of Commercial Manager in August 2013. Since that time Guy has been responsible for the port’s Marine Services, Operations, and Business Development teams.
His focus has been on enhancing customer relationships, service, and operational excellence.
As a Chartered Accountant, Guy has had extensive leadership experience within the global dairy industry. He held a number of senior roles within Fonterra including Commercial Director within Global Sales and Commercial Director Ingredients/Food Service. For a period of three years to 2012 Guy was based in Switzerland where he headed Fonterra’s account team managing sales to Nestlé's global operation.
Guy, who has strong Taranaki connections having been born and educated in the province, has also had extensive experience as a Director on a number of dairy industry related Boards.
Mr Auld confirmed that appointment would be effective from 12 April 2015.
“Roy has led Port Taranaki Limited as Chief Executive for the past 14 years and is now transitioning from management to governance roles. Roy’s contribution to the port has been significant and he leaves the port in a very sound position following a very successful result for the company in 2014; - record operational activity, improved financial performance and health and safety outcomes."
Mr Basil Chamberlain, Chief Executive of the Taranaki Regional Council representing the Shareholder commented “we congratulate Guy on his appointment and look forward to his leadership in promoting PTL’s very important role in the Taranaki and national economy. We would like to thank Roy for the great contribution he has made during his time in the role. Roy has built a strong company balance sheet, encouraged a more diversified and resilient trade mix and has fostered effective relationships with stakeholders and the wider community”.
Chairman – Port Taranaki Ltd