Dantia is delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Francis as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective 3 April 2017.
Mr Francis joins Dantia after five years as Executive Manager Trade and Business Development at the Port of Newcastle. He was part of the management team that delivered the port sale in 2014 and has secured major contracts and infrastructure for the port, including the establishment of a bulk liquids import industry, renewal of defence and commercial shipbuilding, funding for the new cruise terminal and infrastructure development on the former BHP site.
Mr Francis is also a former General Manager of Charlestown Square, where he oversaw the $470m redevelopment of the shopping centre completed in 2010.
Dantia Chairman, Trent Bagnall, said Mr Francis was a perfect fit for Lake Macquarie’s economic development company.
“Peter has a wealth of experience across a range of industries with a strong track record in identifying and securing economic opportunities, facilitating infrastructure and property development and managing community, government and investor relationships,” he said.
“As someone who was the driving force behind Lake Macquarie’s biggest retail enterprise, he has comprehensive knowledge of the City and valuable insight into its economic and business capability.”
Mr Francis said he was honoured and excited to be leading Lake Macquarie into a new era of economic growth and diversification.
“Dantia is a unique organisation which in a short time has had a significant impact in attracting business, investment and employment opportunities to Lake Macquarie,” he said.
“I look forward to building on that success as we strive to create prosperity in abundance by encouraging growth and innovation among existing businesses and targeting emerging industries.”
Mayor of Lake Macquarie City, Cr Kay Fraser, welcomed the appointment of Mr Francis.
“Peter is a proven performer and strong leader who will be a forceful and effective advocate for Lake Macquarie,” Cr Fraser said.
“This is an exciting time for Lake Macquarie and I welcome the opportunity to work with Peter and Dantia to build a prosperous future for our City.”