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21 February, 2022

Female leadership takes a hit with Sea Swift exit

Just nine months after starting in the role, Sea Swift CEO Rochelle Macdonald has left the company.

By Matt Nicholls

THE region lost another female boss last week when Sea Swift CEO Rochelle Macdonald resigned suddenly.

The shipping company put out a statement on Tuesday, saying that Dr Macdonald was “leaving to pursue other interests and opportunities”.

Sea Swift chairman Steve Boulton will take on the executive chair position until a replacement can be found.

“Sea Swift has commenced a formal executive search process to replace the role of chief executive officer, formerly held by Dr Rochelle Macdonald, who is leaving to pursue other interests and opportunities,” Mr Boulton said.

“We sincerely thank Dr Macdonald for her contribution to Sea Swift in her time as CEO.

“Rochelle’s commitment to business improvement and her dedication and strong focus on safety and risk has been greatly appreciated, as has her key role in strengthening stakeholder relationships for the business. We wish her all the best for her future endeavours.”

Dr Macdonald’s departure followed the resignation of Rio Tinto bauxite operations general manager Michelle Elvy.

She was replaced with another female leader in Shona Markham.

Cape York Weekly requested an interview with Mr Boulton but was not granted access to the chairman. We were asked to email questions but declined.


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