Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Are Looking for Best in the Business

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Are Looking for Best in the Business

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THE best company leaders in the business from Teesside are set to go head-to-head at the North East Business Executive of The Year Awards 2017.

The hunt for the region's most inspiring company leaders is now well under way and this week we shine a light on the Teesside Business Executive of the Year.

Last year's winner was David Robinson, chief executive at PD Ports, who has led the business since 2006.

Mr Robinson has successfully guided the firm through recession, change of ownership and, twice, the loss of steelmaking on Teesside - including SSI's closure that temporarily cut business by 30%.

He raised container volumes 13% each year and has attracted a PS650m biomass plant there, bringing 600-plus jobs. Mr Robinson first worked at the Port of Felixstowe and later managed what became the world's largest container terminal in Hong Kong.

In 10 years Teesport's almost PS1bn of investment has created 3,000 jobs and the port employs 550 directly.

He took the trophy last year after judges heard how he strives consistently to help young people from deprived local areas find jobs and how he serves on several bodies including Tees Valley LEP and Business in the Community. PD Ports also supports Daisy Chain and Butterwick Hospice.

Last year, judges said: "David, a corporate leader through and through, has transformed this business despite huge challenges. "He proved his perseverance, negotiating for seven years to win the biomass plant."

The winner from Teesside will go up against those from the two other sub-regions - Durham and Wearside and Tyneside and Northumberland - to take the top trophy. As well as the three area prizes, there are awards for young business person of the year, non-executive director of the year, plus a lifetime achievement award. …

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