Celtic Freeport takes shape with new CEO

Celtic Freeport takes shape with new CEOThe Celtic Freeport (Image credit: Neath Port Talbot Council)

The Celtic Freeport has welcomed its first permanent chief executive to take the re-industrialisation, decarbonisation and regeneration project to fruition. Luciana Ciubotariu will assume her post from May 2024. Ciubotariu brings a wealth of experience to the role, having been part of the senior management team of the Thames Freeport.

She boasts a career in the senior trade roles, latterly for the UK Government. Her experience in driving growth at the Thames Freeport, coupled with strategic insight gained from a career focused on trade and government affairs, positions her uniquely to steer the Celtic Freeport. The Celtic Freeport has also completed the first major part of its development journey, with the submission of the outline business case to the Welsh and UK Governments.

The Freeport, to mark this move from bid to development and, eventually, operational phase, has overhauled its digital presence, with a new website and social media channels (LinkedIn, X and YouTube). "I am hugely excited to lead such as strong and purposeful partnership and I am looking forward to start soon and to collaborate with the wider community in achieving our ambitions for South Wales," said Luciana Ciubotariu. She added: "The Celtic Freeport will play a pivotal role in the future of the green economy.

I look forward to building further momentum behind the creation of a green investment corridor across South-West Wales.

This is an exciting project that will accelerate supply chain innovation and encourage significant investment in port infrastructure, alternative fuel plants, renewable energy bases and factories, while fast-tracking skills development for new green industries and national decarbonisation."

Roger Maggs MBE, chair of Celtic Freeport, added: "The Celtic Freeport is an outstanding proposition and now we have the start of an outstanding team to lead us into our next phase."



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