Associated British Ports has announced a series of key management appointments.

John Fitzgerald, the current port director for ABP‘s 11 short-sea ports, becomes port director for the group’s five South Wales ports – Cardiff, Barry, Newport, Swansea and Port Talbot. He succeeds John Copping, who has taken early retirement.

Meanwhile, Matt Jukes, who joined the company 11 years ago as a management trainee, has been promoted from deputy port manager for Hull & Goole to port director for ABP’s short-sea ports.

His role as deputy port manager for Hull & Goole is taken by Mike Stacey, who has held a number of positions in the group, including finance director of ABP’s property subsidiary and assistant port manager for ABP Southampton.