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New Hand at Helm of Cromarty Firth Port Authority 04/06/2013
Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA) Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Buskie as Chief Executive of the Port Authority with effect from the 3 June 2013.

He will replace Captain Ken Gray who is retiring as Chief Executive and Harbour Master at the end of June this year, having completed almost 8 years in the role.  Since Ken joined in 2005, he has instigated a period of substantial inward investment and major improvements and the success of these initiatives is evident. Turnover has increased from £2.6m in 2005 to £6.3m in 2012.  Pre-tax profits have also increased, from £436,000 in 2005 to £2.27m in 2012.

Bob Buskie joins the Port after a career that spans the oil and gas operating and service sectors.  Most recently Strategy and Business Development Director for Sparrows Group, other career highlights include a period as Chief Executive Officer in Switzerland, for Omnisems SA, Group Director at RBG Ltd and Vice President EMEA for Stratos Global.  Bob has strong links to the region, having been educated in Dornoch and Golspie.

Bob said “This is an extremely exciting opportunity and I am very much looking forward to joining the Cromarty Firth Port Authority at such an important time in its development.  The Port is about to embark on a major expansion project and I am sure my background in business leadership and development will help ensure this is a success.”

Sandy Cumming, Chairman of the Port Authority commented “We thank Ken for his significant contribution over the last 8 years.  He has transformed the Port and the Invergordon Service Base and leaves it as a highly successful and profitable operation, allowing us to further develop the facility for the benefit of our stakeholders.”

Sandy continues, “The recruitment process has been very exhaustive and the Board is pleased to welcome Bob to the team. His experience will strengthen our executive management team and assist the Board in developing the port further”.

This appointment has been made at an exciting time for the Port Authority, which is about to embark on a £20million expansion plan aimed at ensuring the port is able to grow alongside offshore marine developments and a continued oil and gas market.  It is estimated that 791 full time operational jobs (direct and indirect) will be supported by the expansion. 
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