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Liner association Shipping Australia has promoted Melwyn Noronha (pictured above) to be its next chief executive.
Mr Noronha is currently deputy CEO and he will take up his new role on 1 January.
Shipping Australia chairman Scott Henderson said: “Melwyn is an outstanding choice and has a wealth of experience in shipping, both at sea and in regulatory roles.
“He has been with Shipping Australia since 2015, initially as a general manager of technical services and industry policy, and later as deputy CEO. He has thoroughly demonstrated his extensive knowledge of the industry and his ability to liaise and influence at the highest levels.”
Before joining Shipping Australia, Captain Noronha served at sea and gained his Master Mariner qualification at the Australian Maritime College. He sailed internationally as a master of bulk carriers before moving ashore into maritime administrative and regulatory roles in federal and state governments.
He said: “Shipping holds a special place for me and is crucial to Australia’s economic prosperity. The board has put its trust in me and I will do my utmost to deliver the best outcomes for our members and for Australia.”
He will succeed Rod Nairn, who has led the organisation since 2013.
Mr Henderson said: “I would like to thank Rod for his outstanding leadership and dedicated service. He has had a big impact on the company, modernising its culture, strategy and administration, and expanding its relevance to fully represent the interests of all sectors of international commercial shipping,” .