Ports America Appoints New CEO

Matthew Leech. Courtesy photo.

Marine terminal operator Ports America on Aug. 26 announced the appointment of Matthew Leech as president and chief executive officer, effective in November. He will succeed Mark Montgomery, who is retiring, but plans to continue with the company in an advisory role.

Leech is a seasoned ports and terminal executive with more than 25 years of experience in the maritime industry. Previously, he was CEO and managing director for the Americas with logistics company DP World. Prior to DP World’s acquisition of CSX World Terminals in 2005, Leech oversaw key expansion initiatives for CSX in his role as vice president, operations and development.

“Ports America is poised for growth, and Matt is the right leader to take this exceptional business forward,” Montgomery said in a statement. “He has a deep understanding of Ports America and shares the value-driven focus that differentiates our organization.”

“I am honored to be named as the next CEO of Ports America,” Leech said. “I look forward to working with leadership and the entire team to continue driving strong performance, delivering on Ports America’s commitments and enhancing its already strong position in the industry.”

“We are pleased Matt will lead Ports America forward and build on the company’s momentum as it enters its next chapter of growth and success,” Andrew Clarke, chair of Ports America’s Board of Directors, said.

By Mark Edward Nero