Randy Rochester starts Monday as Polaris CEO
Randy Rochester has been installed as the chief executive officer of Polaris Holding Company.
He officially begins in the position September 25. Since August 14, he has been working with the title of incoming CEO.
Over the transition period, he visited three ports overseas, acted as operations manager of Stevedoring Services Limited and spent time at East End Asphalt Company.
“I have had an excellent opportunity to observe port operations in much larger and diverse ports to Bermuda, and this gave me great insight in advance of my time on our own port once I returned,” Mr Rochester said.
“I have already observed that our staff have an excellent work ethic, and whether it be on the port or at East End Asphalt, they take great pride in what they do. I am looking forward to working with them to take Polaris forward.”
Warren Jones, the retiring CEO, will remain at the company through October, when he formally retires. He will be working until then with the title of outgoing CEO.
Mr Rochester has been a senior public servant for a number of years.
He served as director of the Transport Control Department for six years to 2011.
For nearly 3½ years he was permanent secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, with responsibilities that included the departments of Planning, Immigration, Workforce Development, Consumer Affairs, Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, Rent Commission, Charities Commission, Municipalities, Parish Councils and the Registry General.
He also served for 16 months to September 2018 as permanent secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism, with responsibilities for the ministry headquarters, tourism, the Bermuda Gaming Commission, the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, the Bermuda Tourism Authority, America’s Cup Bermuda, the Bermuda Business Development Agency and the Business Development Unit.
From September 2018 to last month, he was the permanent secretary of Public Works, where he was responsible for the overall administration of the ministry, which includes the co-ordination of ministry resources (which includes 700 staff), capital and operational budgets, Tynes Bay Waste to Energy Facility, Water and Sewerage, Department of Parks, Public Lands and Buildings, Works and Engineering, the Bermuda Land Development Company, Golf Course Board of Trustees, Bermuda Housing Corporation, Bermuda Housing Trust, West End Development Corporation, the Corporation of Hamilton and the Corporation of St George.