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Ports : Port of Melbourne CEO announces retirement

Mr. Bourke joined the Port as CEO in 2016, just after the awarding of the 50-year port lease to the Port of Melbourne Group ( PoM)

Since that time, Mr. Bourke has led significant programs and projects including the Port Development Strategy that outlines how the port will adapt to growth over the next 30 years.

Under Mr. Bourke’s leadership, PoM also delivered a port rail strategy that will provide the volume of containers that move by rail strategy that will provide a new on port rail terminal to grow the volume of containers that move by rail, managed investments of over $370 and worked with many port stakeholders to ensure that the port remains the biggest container and general cargo port in Australia.

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“Brendan has demonstrated outstanding commitment and leadership to PoM and I want to publicly thanks Bendan for his service in ensuring the port continues to perform its essential role in facilitating trade and contributing to the States economy,” said Chairman, John Stanhope

Mr. Bourke was instrumental in improving organizational operations and strengthening the approach to safety by implementing the Ports Integrated Management System which includes four certifications covering,

Asset Management, Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety, and Quality Management System.

Mr. Bourke also made staff engagement a priority, improving year on year through his leadership to receive recognition as a Top 16 Best Employer leading human capital firm Kincentric


Chairman John Stanhope said, “I wish Brendan well in his retirement and am confident the Port and port freight supply chain community will continue to benefit from his valued leadership and achievement delivered over the last 5 years

The PoM Board is pleased to announce that Mr. Saul Cannon has been appointed as the new CEO at PoM and will as the new CEO at PoM and will start on 15 November 2021. Saul is currently the CEO at toil Group and has extensive senior leadership and relevant industry experience

About Port of Melbourne

Port of Melbourne is Australasia’s largest maritime hub for containerized, automotive, and general cargo. It is a key economic asset for businesses and people across Victoria and south-eastern Australia

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