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Marsden Maritime hires ex-WSP-Opus manager Felix Richter as new CEO

Monday 16th July 2018

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Marsden Maritime Holdings has appointed former WSP-Opus International general manager Felix Richter as its new chief executive, effective from next month. 

Richter will join the Whangarei-based company in mid-August, replacing Graham Wallace who stepped aside at the end of March. He's familiar with the region, having led several civil projects in Northland for the private sector and local government, and his appointment comes at a time when Marsden Maritime's investment in Northport is gauging its need to expand. 

"We’re delighted to welcome Felix to the Company, bringing as he does a wealth of experience across the fields of engineering, commercial construction and project management, and environmental compliance," chair John Goulter said in a statement. "At this stage in Marsden Maritime’s growth, where we are experiencing a very strong level of enquiry about business development at Marsden Point, these attributes are an excellent match, both now and for the future."

Northport has been touted as a potential replacement for Auckland's container port operations, and the government is spending $500,000 to study the upgrading and expanding rail service north of Auckland. 

Marsden Maritime shares were unchanged at $5.25 and have declined 3.3 percent so far this year, lagging behind a 5.7 percent gain on the S&P/NZX All Index over the same period. 

(BusinessDesk)

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