In accepting the position, Byrne said that he had been in Papua New Guinea for just on 4½ years and his wife, Julliane Terry, owned and operated Tok Stret Consulting, to which he consults.
"My background is mainly automotive but l have always been more people-focused than on cars or trucks. In fact my passion is the improvement of people and businesses.
"Throughout my career l have been on industry committees and boards as well as charity boards and also chaired several national industry associations. But all of that means little, it is what we can do as a chamber that will measure our results.
"Undoubtedly we won't please everyone, or get everything right but we will continue the legacy and growth of LCCI with every best intent.
"The shoes l have to fill of the late Alan McLay are huge, and my relative inexperience provides both fresh eyes and a lot of questions, however l will work with a very experienced and enthusiastic committee, full of knowledge and drive," Byrne said.
Byrne said the LCCI was eager to work with and represent the business houses of Lae and Morobe Province to improve potential opportunities.
To clarify one point, Byrne said that Alan McLay was both the president and executive officer, while he had been voted as the president. "We are presently interviewing for an executive officer to run the day-to-day operations and expect to make an announcement by early April."
Other board appointments included Nigel Merrick (senior vice president); Robert Howden (junior vice president); Jane Kenni (treasurer); Phil Franklin (immediate past president); councillors Scott Boughey (ANZ Bank); Gavin Whyte (Tyres 4U); Nellie Mclay (MBC Consultancy); Wayne Uechtritz (Capex Solutions); Samadhi Lewis (Hornibrook NGI); Danny Kepi (Regional Engineering); Stephen Beach (Pricewaterhousecoopers); Roy Beerwald (Ramu Agri Industries); Belinda Edwards (Lae Travellers Inn); John Bellinger (Guard Dog Security Services);and Namon Mawason (Morobe Coast Shipping Services).