New CEO for Lyttelton Port Company board
The Board of Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) has announced the appointment of Roger Gray as the Port’s new chief executive.
Gray is currently group general manager airports at Air New Zealand. In this role he manages all ground handling and lounge operations at 55 airports around the globe, covering 2700 staff who handle 18 million passengers annually. Prior to this, Roger was group general manager business performance at Air NZ.
Gray will take over from LPC’s outgoing CE Peter Davie, who has been in the role for 16 years, in the new year.
Chair Margaret Devlin said Gray brings to the role significant expertise and knowledge in logistics, procurement, leadership and operations on both sides of the Tasman.
Gray said he’s eager to take on the challenge of running New Zealand’s third-largest port.
“The Port’s rebuild has really set it up to cement its place as the South Island’s international trade gateway. I’m looking forward to being be a part of that story into the future,” he said.
“My wife Caroline and I are also excited to move to Christchurch from Auckland in the next few months. We know we’re lucky to be joining the wonderful Canterbury community.”
Before joining Air New Zealand in 2013, Gray was managing director - Australia for the Blue Star Print Group. He has also held several senior leadership roles with Goodman Fielder, including managing director of Quality Bakers New Zealand and supply chain director for Goodman Fielder Baking Australia.
Gray has worked as a logistician at the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympics Games, and was also an officer in the Australian Army.
He holds an MBA, a Masters of Business in integrated logistics management, as well as Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Arts.
He won a Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship in 2017, which enabled him to complete an Advanced management programme at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France in 2018.
He was a finalist for Health and Safety Leader of the Year in 2018.
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