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, replacing outgoing President-CEO Robin Silvester, who announced six months ago that he would be leaving the port authority after more than 14 years leading the organization.
Port Authority Board Chair Cathy McLay said the seaport and all Canadians will benefit from Xotta’s leadership over the country’s largest port.
“As an experienced transportation executive with a track record of collaboration and success, Peter will continue to advance Canada’s position as a global trading partner while honoring Indigenous peoples, protecting the environment and supporting local communities,” she said.
Xotta’s job experience with the Port Authority includes business development and strategic projects. He was deeply involved in collaborating with partners in securing money for infrastructure projects and oversaw optimization initiatives, such as Active Vessel Traffic Management Program, according to the port authority.
He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business, and serves on the board of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the Freight Management Association of Canada and the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping and is the previous chair of Canada Place Corp.