Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Metro Ports Name Three New Execs

Wilmington, Calif.-based terminal operator and stevedore contractor Metro Ports has announced three new management appointments: Patrick Furrow, senior VP HR & administrative services; Kenneth Keane, director, safety; and Steve Mathis, director, business development.

Furrow joined the 87-year-old Metro in September 2009, while Keane and Mathis both joined in December 2009.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Wilmington, Calif.-based Nautilus International Holding Corp., Metro Ports has California operations in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Redwood City, San Diego, San Francisco, and Stockton, in addition to operations in Savannah, Ga.; Wilmington, N.C.; and Anacortes, Wash. Companies under the Metro Ports brand include Metropolitan Stevedore Co., Southeast Crescent Shipping Co., and Southeast Maritime Services LLC (which holds the Savannah International Terminal).

In his new position, Furrow, a 14-year veteran of the human resources field, will report directly to Metro president & CEO James Callahan as a key business partner responsible for attracting, developing and retaining talent and ensuring safety and compliance measures and managing administrative contacts and expenditures.

As the Metro director of safety, Keane will oversee a decentralized safety program in coordination with safety group leaders and the training of accident prevention to company staff and its divisions; ensures compliance with federal, state, and local safety rules and regulations; and interfaces with various agencies with oversight of workplace safety, while continually improving the corporate culture of safety through leadership, training, and example. Keane is a 25-year veteran of the United States Coast Guard who retired as a captain in 2000 before serving in various safety/security positions within the industry.

Mathis, a 25-year veteran of the logistics field, will, according to a Metro release, "be a key resource in the identification, marketing and execution of business development opportunities for Metro Ports on the West Coast, working across the Metro organization to build West Coast profit centers."