Port of Tauranga chairman Parker will retire in October after 17 years as a director

Port of Tauranga chairman John Parker will retire in October after nine years leading the board and 17 as a director of the country’s biggest export port.

David Pilkington, a director of the company since 2005, will replace Parker while former Waste Management chief executive Kim Ellis has been appointed an independent director.

During Parker’s tenure as a director, the port company has grown its market capitalisation to $2 billion from $108 million.

Shares in Port of Tauranga rose 0.2 percent to $14.38, making it the highest price for a New Zealand company on the nation’s exchange. The stock has gained 9 percent this year.

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