Port of Vancouver USA CEO Joins AAPA Board

The American Association of Port Authorities announced new board members at its annual convention in late September. Image via AAPA.

Port of Vancouver CEO Julianna Marler has been named to the Board of Directors for the American Association of Port Authorities, along with four other port heads from around the country.

Marler, who was appointed Vancouver USA’s CEO in January 2017 after serving as the port’s Chief Financial Administrative Officer, is the first female CEO in the port’s 105-year history.

Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero, who serves as chairman of the board, announced the newly elected board members during the AAPA’s 110th annual convention, which took place Sept. 26-29 in Austin, Texas.

The seaport leaders are all maritime industry veterans. In addition to Marler, who will represent the U.S. North Pacific ports, they include: Ports of Indiana CEO Vanta E. Coda II, who’ll represent the U.S. Great Lakes ports; Port of Albany CEO Richard Hendrick, representing the U.S. North Atlantic ports; and Port of Corpus Christi CEO Sean Strawbridge, who will represent the Max Dues Payer Delegation.

“In their new roles on the board, these port industry leaders will drive the strategic course of AAPA to further advance the organization in achieving its core mission, vision, and values,” according to the association, considered “the voice of the seaport industry in the Americas.”

By Karen Robes Meeks