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Daniells returns to PNG as Steamships Managing Director

03 July 2024

Mr. Chris Daniells officially assumed the role of Managing Director of Steamships Trading Company Ltd. (Steamships) on Monday 1st July 2024. He takes over from outgoing Managing Director, Mr. Rupert Bray, in a planned succession move.

This is not his first time in PNG, as early in his career, Mr. Daniells worked for Steamships Shipping Agencies as National Marketing Manager between 1998-1999.

“There has been a considerable development and change since I was in Port Moresby in the late 90’s,” said Daniells, “I’m looking forward to continuing Steamships’ tradition of supporting PNG, investing in long-term commitments, and building sustainable and rewarding partnerships as we enter a new period of growth for the economy and the country.  These are exciting times for PNG and Steamships is very much at the centre of them.”

Mr. Daniells becomes the 17th Managing Director of Steamships, and has been with the Company since September 2023, in the role of Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he held the position of Chief Commercial Officer for Singapore based Swire Shipping and Managing Director of Swire Projects.  Over the last 25-years' he has held various senior executive roles in different industries across Australia, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Europe and Singapore.

The team at Steamships wish Mr. Bray well in his new role as Executive Director Senior of Swire Coca-Cola in Hong Kong.

“We have a strong team, and an exciting road ahead. Rupert’s six years in Steamships has established a strong foundation for the growth of the company and his support during the transition has been invaluable. I wish him all the best in this next phase in his career.”

The group also farewelled Finance Director & Company Secretary, Michael Scantlebury, who retired after nine-years with Steamships. He is replaced by Alessandro Mistroni who joined Steamships in 2023 as Corporate Finance Manager.


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