Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    New Fremantle Ports Chief Executive Officer appointed

    3/05/2021 11:50 AM
    • Michael Parker announced today as new Chief Executive Officer of Fremantle Ports
    • Formerly Managing Director and Chairman of Alcoa of Australia
    • Strong expertise and knowledge of Western Australian economy and industry to be real asset to organisation 

    Ports Minister Rita Saffioti has today announced the appointment of Michael Parker as Fremantle Ports' new Chief Executive Officer.


    Mr Parker was formerly the Business Unit President and Managing Director/Chairman of Alcoa Alumina and Alcoa of Australia between 2015 and 2019.


    He was selected from a wide field of applicants due to his extensive experience, qualifications and skill set.


    Mr Parker's selection by Fremantle Ports' board will enhance a capable executive and management team which has managed the organisation safely through COVID-19 to date, with trade outcomes well ahead of other Australian cities' ports.


    Mr Parker has held other roles with Alcoa, including 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; is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.


    Mr Parker will take up his new role this week.


    Comments attributed to Ports Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "After a long and exhaustive selection process we can today announce Michael Parker as the new CEO for Fremantle Ports.


    "His expertise and experience leading a large mining and commodities organisation and knowledge of the Western Australian economy and industry will be highly valuable.


    "Mr Parker has spent the majority of a 25 years-plus career with Alcoa of Australia, gaining wide experience in mining and processing, global business operations, commercial management and supply chain optimisation.


    "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.


    "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." 


    Minister's office - 6552 5500