The committee of the Kokoda Track Authority (KTA) has announced the appointment of James Enage as its chief executive effective as of February 7.
"We are pleased to announce Mr Enage's appointment as he is a local man with a deep understanding of the Kokoda Track, its people, the trekking industry and government processes," said acting chairman of KTA, Ruben Maleva.
Enage has been chairman of the KTA for the past two years and brings a wealth of experience and understanding to the position.
He has previously held positions such as KDP health programme manager, policy analyst with Department of Prime Minister and NEC, and human resource manager with Central provincial administration.
He also holds various honorary positions such as chairman of the Kokoda Track sports development programme and president of the Dobbo Warriors rugby league club.
The KTA's management committee will now seek a landowner representative from the Koiari people to represent their interests.
Enage will convene a series of meetings to elect the KTA Koiari landowner representative.
Ruben Maleva will act as the KTA chairman until a management committee meeting in May where the committee will elect a new chairman.
"This is an important day for the KTA where a local man takes on the most-senior role within the organisation and we thank the Australian and PNG Governments for their support through the Kokoda Initiative over the past three years," Maleva said.Current expatriate chief executive, Rod Hillman, will work closely with Enage throughout the rest of 2011.