Port of Long Beach Appoints Managing Directors

New Port of Long Beach managing directors Casey Hehr and Eleanor Torres. Photos via POLB.

Two managing directors have been appointed to lead major bureaus at the Port of Long Beach, the port announced Oct. 30.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently approved the appointment of Port Security Division Director Casey Hehr to managing director of the Commercial Services Bureau, which consists of the port’s Business Development, Tenant Services, Information Management and Security divisions.

Hehr started at the port in October 2016 as assistant director of the Security Services Division before becoming its director in August 2018. He previously served with the U.S. Coast Guard for more than two decades before retiring as chief of operations and response for the Los Angeles-Long Beach Sector.

Government Relations Director Eleanor Torres has been chosen to be the managing director of the port’s Strategic Advocacy Bureau – the Government Relations and Communications and Community Relations divisions, a newly created position at the port.

Torres joined the port as director of the Government Relations Division in December 2019. She previously worked at the Orange County Water District for 12 years, serving as its director of public affairs. Before that, she worked for a decade for the California Legislature, which included being a district director for then-Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer.

Both are expected to report to the port’s chief operating officer, Noel Hacegaba.

“The goods movement industry is in an era of dynamic change as seaports around the world find more efficient ways to move cargo, more closely engage with communities we serve and reduce operational impacts on the environment,” Port of Long Beach CEO Mario Cordero said. “Casey and Eleanor understand the importance of these goals to the Port of Long Beach and the collaboration between internal and external stakeholders that’s needed for us to accomplish our organizational objectives.”

By Karen Robes Meeks