Senior management changes at Port of Tauranga

Steve Gray retires in June 2020, Simon Kebbell and Leonard Sampson take senior roles.
New chief operating officer Leonard Sampson

Leonard Sampson has been appointed to the newly created position of chief operating officer at Port of Tauranga. He has been the port’s commercial manager since 2013.

Before that Sampson was the general manager, sales at KiwiRail where he was responsible for the management and development of KiwiRail’s freight markets, with revenue of about $500 million.

Port of Tauranga also announced that chief financial officer Steve Gray will retire in June 2020 for health reasons. He has been with the port company for 32 years – the last 12 as CFO.

Steve Gray Port of Tauranga
Chief financial officer Steve Gray will retire in June 2020

Chief executive Mark Cairns said Gray led the team that negotiated the long-term freight agreement with Kotahi that enabled Port of Tauranga to become big-ship capable and New Zealand’s largest port.

In preparation for Gray’s retirement, Port of Tauranga’s finance and IT manager Simon Kebbell will take on the responsibilities of company secretary and join the senior management team. 

Kebbell joined the port in 2003 after working in management positions with both EY and PWC in Singapore.

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