Fremantle Ports announces Parker in top job

A former Alcoa executive has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at Fremantle Ports.

Michael Parker was selected from a wide field of applicants due to his extensive experience, qualifications and skill set according to an announcement made by the Western Australian State Government.

Parker, who was formerly a Managing Director/Chairman of Alcoa Alumina, is expected to head up the organisation as it enters its next phase of development, planning and sustainable operations.

With more than 25 years of management experience in industry and a strong foundation in global commercial and manufacturing operations, supply chain logistics and workplace culture, Parker is expected to bring valuable new perspectives to Fremantle Ports’ executive and management team according to Fremantle Ports Chair, Ross Love.

“Fremantle Ports has built a strong reputation over decades for not only driving the WA economy through efficient trade facilitation, but also as an innovator in logistics, maritime technology and other practices,” he said in a statement.

“That is the standard we need to maintain and I am confident Mr Parker has the business, infrastructure-management, strategic planning and organisational leadership experience to further drive the strategies necessary to see Fremantle Ports confirm its position as a leader in what is now a very dynamic global maritime environment,” he said.

According to Love, the most significant tasks ahead for Fremantle Ports included high-level future planning for the Port of Fremantle, creating certainty for the future by supporting customers’ requirements and improving supply chain efficiency, all in the context of State Government intentions for a new container port and terminal in Kwinana.

Other roles with Alcoa which Mr Parker previously held included Director Business Development and Marketing and Vice-President Alcoa Materials Management in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA — a role with responsibility for the company’s North American road, rail and shipping transportation.

He has held a range of executive and non-executive directorships and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The appointment follows the retirement of former CEO Chris Leatt-Hayter last year, who held the position for 12 years following the landmark tenure of Kerry Sanderson between 1991 and 2008.

Parker commenced in the role last week.

Ports Minister Rita Saffioti said Parker’s expertise and experience leading a large mining and commodities organisation and knowledge of the Western Australian economy and industry was an advantage.

“He has a strong background in strategic planning, corporate governance and workplace culture, which I’m confident will further strengthen Fremantle Ports’ capacity to meet challenges and take advantage of trade opportunities in the years ahead,” she said.

“I look forward to him working with stakeholders and assisting with planning for the development of a new container port and terminal in Kwinana, which will require the best planning and expertise from Fremantle Ports.”