Experienced senior financial and commercial executive Ross Dingle has joined Port Taranaki as the company’s head of commercial.
Mr Dingle, who was most recently chief executive of Illion Tenderlink, has responsibility for leading the commercial, marketing, customer and community aspects of the Port Taranaki business, including managing the company’s property portfolio.
A former chartered accountant, Mr Dingle has worked across a broad range of commercial, financial and management roles. This has included management accountant and then Taranaki onshore asset finance manager at Fletcher Challenge Energy, chief operating officer at online health management software company Doctor Global, and chief financial officer with KCL Property Ltd.
As chief executive at Illion Tenderlink for eight years, he helped the company grow to become Australasia’s largest provider of internet-based tendering solutions, and successfully worked to keep the company New Plymouth-based following its sale to Fairfax Media and then Dun & Bradstreet Australia.
“Being Taranaki born and bred, having worked here much of my career and bringing up a family here, I’m really passionate about the region, and want to help it be successful and sustainable,” he said.
“Port Taranaki is a really important asset for the economic wellbeing of the region – it’s real ‘bricks and mortar’ infrastructure – so I’m very excited about using my commercial and financial experience, and my knowledge of the region’s products and services, to help it continue to grow and develop.”
Mr Dingle said he was looking forward to connecting with Port Taranaki’s customers and the community.
“Our aim is to help the port’s customers grow their businesses which, in turn, helps the port grow. So I’m keen to get alongside them, engage with them, and see how we can assist them further, and also look to develop new customers.
“Port Taranaki is owned by the community, so the community is also a very important aspect. Building the relationships with iwi, local government, and the public is central to that, as is the port’s role in the implementation of the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap and helping Taranaki thrive as we transition to a net-zero carbon economy.”
Outside of his business roles, Mr Dingle has also used his skills in the community, having been chairperson on two school boards of trustees, president of the Taranaki Triathlon Club and, currently, a member of the WITT Council.
Port Taranaki chief executive Guy Roper said Mr Dingle was a great addition to the Port Taranaki executive leadership team.
“Ross is well known and regarded in Taranaki, and has a wealth of experience and skills gained across a broad range of businesses, which will be valuable to Port Taranaki as we move forward,” Mr Roper said.
“He is a proud Taranaki person who wants the best for the region – highlighted by his many volunteer governance roles in the community – and is well suited and well qualified to provide leadership in the company. We look forward to working with Ross at Port Taranaki.”