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New directors on-board

Two members have been appointed to Ports of Auckland’s board as it faces future challenges.
Posted on 14 October, 2021
New directors on-board

Ports of Auckland Ltd (POAL) has appointed of two new directors – Stephen Reindler, pictured left, and Geoff Plunket start on November 1.

“They both bring relevant skills that complement current directors and support current focus areas,” says Jan Dawson, chairwoman of the company’s board.

Reindler is currently a director of Z Energy and Steel & Tube NZ, and was previously director of Port of Napier, Meridian Energy and Worksafe NZ. 

He has extensive experience working in industries where staff operate in higher risk roles and a rigorous approach to safety is needed. 

Dawson says: “Stephen will strengthen our ability to focus on improving safety while bringing his engineering experience to the projects the port has under way.

“Geoff is former CEO of Port Otago with nearly 30 years of experience in senior roles in that company. 

“His knowledge of port operations and the supply chain, and his belief in the importance of customer service, will be invaluable as we work to safely improve our operational and financial performance.

“I’m delighted to have been able to recruit such strong candidates to the board, which reflects the importance of the POAL and New Zealand, and bodes well for the future of the company.

Mayor Phil Goff adds: “We have now substantially changed the composition of the Ports of Auckland board and we will by early next year have a new chief executive. This will provide impetus for a different approach to improve the performance.

“We look forward to the new board implementing recommendations to change the culture of health and safety following an independent review, meeting the challenges posed by Covid-19 and its impact on supply chains, overseeing the implementation of automation, and improving the port’s financial performance and competitiveness.”

About Stephen Reindler

Reindler is a professional director and mechanical engineer with experience in heavy industry, large infrastructure, and workplace health and safety.

He holds several directorships, including Z Energy, Steel & Tube, Christchurch Multi-Use Arena Project Delivery, Broome International Airport Group, and is chairman of Waste Disposal Services, Clearwater Construction and D&H Steel Construction.

Reindler also provides advisory services to AgResearch, Air NZ and Lincoln University on infrastructure builds. He was previously on the boards of Port of Napier, Meridian Energy, Naylor Love, advisory boards of Transfield Services and Glidepath, and is a past president of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ.

About Geoff Plunket

Plunket is a professional director and a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a member of the Institute of Directors.

He worked for Coopers & Lybrand, which is now PwC, and KPMG in Dunedin and Birmingham, UK, through the 1980s before joining Port Otago Ltd in 1988 as chief financial officer. 

Plunket spent the following 29 years with the Port Otago Group working across the business in a variety of roles before becoming CEO in 2004. He is currently chairman of Blis Technologies Ltd.

He has significant experience in leading a large successful organisation with expertise in logistics, managing international trading relationships, supply chain, human resource, health and safety, and risk management.