Port shock as chief quits

PUBLISHED: 18:14 14 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

THE Port of Felixstowe was stunned today when it was announced that its chief executive Chris Gray is to retire at the end of December.

THE Port of Felixstowe was stunned today when it was announced that its chief executive Chris Gray is to retire at the end of December.

The bombshell came in a statement issued by Hutchison Ports (UK).

Today Mr Gray said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed working for the Hutchison Group. It has been a privilege to run the country's largest container port and I have found the challenges very stimulating.

"The past three years have been a tremendous experience and I have been most fortunate to have been given the opportunity to look after the Hutchison Group's port interests here in the UK.

"I have worked for more than forty years, more or less non stop, and I think it is now time to do something a little less strenuous.

"However, I am pleased to continue my involvement with the group and I hope to still be around when the Trinity and Bathside Bay developments, which I have been deeply involved with, actually come to fruition."

Mr Gray joined the Hutchison Group in mid 1998.

He was appointed Managing Director of the Port of Felixstowe in April 1999 and Chief Executive of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited in May 1999.

Richard Pearson, Managing Director of Hutchison Westports Limited, who will now assume Mr Gray's role, said: "The Hutchison Group greatly appreciates Chris Gray's contribution during the past three years and although he is retiring at the end of the year, Chris will continue to undertake projects

for the Group in the future."

Mr Gray has been Chairman of the UKMPG for the past two years and it is also anticipated that he will stand down from that position at the end of the year having completed his term of office.

Hutchison Ports (UK) (HPUK) is a member of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH),the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in15 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 29 ports together with a number of transportation

related service companies. HPUK operates the Port of Felixstowe, Thamesport and Harwich International Port.

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