Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wolfe Named First Choice for Tacoma Port Exec Director

The Port of Tacoma's six-month search for a new executive director is now down to one candidate – the port's own interim Executive Director John Wolfe.

Port commissioners on Friday selected Wolfe as the front-runner for the top executive position at the port from a short list of five candidates announced several weeks ago.

Wolfe has been serving as interim executive director since previous Executive Director Tim Farrell resigned at the end of 2009. Prior to this, Wolfe had served as deputy executive director at the port since 2005.

Prior to joining the Port of Tacoma, Wolfe served in several top executive positions at the Port of Olympia, including two years as executive director. Before this he spent a decade with Maersk Sealand/APM Terminals in Tacoma.

Before Wolfe can assume the executive director position, Tacoma port officials, the port's executive search firm, and Wolfe must negotiate a contract.

The other five finalist for the position included: former PortsAmerica exec Brian Boyle; former South Carolina State Port Authority CEO Bernard Groseclose; Sea Star Shipping exec Ned LaGoy; and trucking and shipping exec Ali Nikkhoo.
In all, nearly 60 people applied for the position.