Port of Portland Announces New Chief Development Services Officer

Port of Portland Announces New Chief Development Services Officer

The Port of Portland has chosen Kristina Kelchner as its new chief development services officer, a new role that oversees strategy of the port’s Development Services division, which encompasses engineering, environmental, planning and development and safety operations, according to the port. Kelchner, who began her new role Feb. 22, previously served as the port’s assistant general counsel since 2022, working on various matters such as leasing and development of the port’s upcoming Mass Timber and Housing Innovation Campus at Terminal 2 and strategies for environmental remediation and permitting, the port said. Before joining the port, she was assistant general manager…
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Port of San Diego CEO, Board Member Resign

Port of San Diego CEO, Board Member Resign

Six months after being unexpectedly placed on leave, Joe Stuyvesant has stepped down as president and CEO of the Port of San Diego, a role he had served in since February 2021. Days later a longtime port commissioner, Rafael Castellanos, also resigned. Both officials’ departures were effective immediately. Stuyvesant, who was placed on administrative leave in July, officially ended his tenure Jan. 21 after the Board of Port Commissioners accepted his resignation. When asked why Stuyvesant was placed on paid administrative leave, a port official told PMM Online last summer that the POSD was unable to provide additional information, as…
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Port of Long Beach Appoints New Security Chief

Port of Long Beach Appoints New Security Chief

U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Ryan Manning is expected to helm the Port of Long Beach’s Security Division beginning this spring. The port announced Jan. 22 that its Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved Manning’s appointment to lead the Security Division, which is responsible for providing portwide safety and security and collaborating with various agencies on those efforts. Manning is expected to start in his new role after March, when he retires as the Guard’s captain of the Port of Los Angeles-Long Beach, and Commander of Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. In that role, Manning oversees 550 active duty, reserve…
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Port of Olympia Names Executive Director Finalists

Port of Olympia Names Executive Director Finalists

The Port of Olympia has narrowed its search for a new executive director from 34 candidates to four finalists, the port announced Jan. 30. The successful candidate would succeed former Executive Director Sam Gibboney, who departed last year. The port commission and a subcommittee panel are expected to conduct final interviews on Feb. 6 with Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development Director Joshua Cummings, Public Policy and Economic Development Consultant Anthony Hemstad, City of Olympia Economic Development Director Michael Reid and Alexandra Smith, who served as an environmental programs director at the port, according to The Olympian, a local…
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Port of Seattle Commission Elects 1st Black Female President

Port of Seattle Commission Elects 1st Black Female President

Hamdi Mohamed is the Port of Seattle Commission’s president for 2024, making her the first Black woman to hold the leadership position, the port announced Jan. 9. Meanwhile, Toshiko Hasegawa is the new vice president and Ryan Calkins is now secretary. Mohamed, who serves as director of the city of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, was the first Somali woman elected to public office in Washington state and the first Black woman chosen to be on the port commission when she was elected in November 2021. She also became the first Black woman to serve on any of…
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Oregon-Based Greenbrier Overhauls Business Operations Structure

Oregon-Based Greenbrier Overhauls Business Operations Structure

Lake Oswego, Oregon-based firm Greenbrier Companies, a global supplier of freight transportation equipment and services, on Jan. 8 announced changes to its business structure, including the roles of some senior managers. Brian Comstock, a 26-year Greenbrier veteran with more than four decades of railway industry experience, has assumed responsibility for all operations in the Americas, including the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Brazil. Additionally, William Glenn, who has spent more than 20 years at Greenbrier in various roles, has assumed responsibility for all operations in Europe. Greenbrier’s board appointed Comstock to the position of executive vice president and president, the Americas,…
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Port of Long Beach Appoints New Division Directors

Port of Long Beach Appoints New Division Directors

The Port of Long Beach Commission has appointed Monique Lebrun as director of its Program Management division and Terra Van Andel as director of its new Central Procurement Services division, the port announced Jan. 8. Lebrun, who joined the port in 2008, has served in various roles in the Design and Program Management divisions. Since December 2022, she has been the port assistant director of Program Management, which is part of the Engineering Services Bureau overseeing the improvements to harbor, wharfs, terminals, railroads, bridges, roadways and utilities at the port. Van Andel, who joined the port’s Finance Division as the…
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Port of Grays Harbor Selects New Executive Director

Port of Grays Harbor Selects New Executive Director

Port of Grays Harbor Deputy Executive Director Leonard Barnes has been chosen as the port’s next executive director. He is succeeding Gary Nelson, who is expected to retire in March. The Port of Grays Harbor Commission is expected to consider Barnes’ employment agreement at its Jan. 9 meeting. It was at a special Dec. 14 meeting that the commission authorized port Director of Finance and Administration Mike Folkers and legal counsel Art Blauvelt to begin employment agreement talks with Barnes. Barnes began his career at the port in 1984. Since becoming deputy executive director role in 2005, he has been…
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Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Nelson to Retire

Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Nelson to Retire

After nearly 24 years on the job, Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary Nelson has said that he’ll retire March 31, 2024. Nelson, whose pending retirement was announced by the port Nov. 14, was hired as executive director in April 2000, when the port had only 21 vessel calls handling 85,000 metric tons of cargo with an operating budget of just $5.2 million. More than two decades later, Grays Harbor is projected to have 100 vessel calls and handle more than 3 million metric tons of cargo with an operating budget of nearly $40 million by the end of…
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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Names Xotta New President-CEO

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Names Xotta New President-CEO

Peter Xotta, the Port of Vancouver’s vice president of operations and supply, has been hired as the new president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the authority announced Dec. 1. After a global search by management consulting firm Korn Ferry, the port authority’s Board of Directors selected Xotta, who had been the port’s vice president of operations and supply chain since October 2021. In that role, he oversaw operations for land and marine, as well as health, safety, security and port and supply chain optimization matters, according to the port authority. He officially takes the reins this week,…
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