Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Long Beach Hires Maritime Executive as Managing Director

The governing board for the Port of Long Beach has named Ports America executive Sean Strawbridge as the port's Managing Director of Trade Relations and Port Operations.

Strawbridge, a 25-year veteran of the maritime and air transportation industries, is scheduled to start at the port on January 31.

In his new role, Strawbridge will oversee the port’s Trade Relations and Port Operations Bureau, which includes the Communications (public relations), Maintenance, Security and Trade Relations divisions. He will report to the port's Deputy Executive Director Christopher Lytle.

Port Executive Director Richard Steinke personally recommended Strawbridge for the position, describing Strawbridge as "a highly respected leader in the maritime industry."

Strawbridge is currently based in Phoenix as the Director of Corporate Development at Ports America, one of the largest terminal operator and stevedoring companies in the United States. He has previously held positions with US Airways (formerly America West Airlines), Sea-Land Service, Inc., and Marine Terminals Corporation.