Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Port of Oakland Appoints New Executives

Jean Banker has been appointed to the position of Deputy Executive Director at the Port of Oakland. In her new position, she is responsible for assisting the port’s executive director, Omar Benjamin, in the planning, developing, organizing and directing the port’s activities.

Previously, Banker had managed the finance and administrative services for the port’s Maritime Division, a position she’d held since August 2007. Before working at Oakland, she spent 13 years as deputy director of capital programs for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Her promotion was effective Jan. 23.

Additionally, the port has named Chris Chan its engineering director. In his new role, he oversees the port’s engineering division, which consists of five departments: Project Design and Delivery – Aviation; Project Design and Delivery – Maritime; Engineering Services; IT; and Utilities.

He joined the port’s engineering division in 1990, and most recently managed the Engineering Services Department as a principal engineer. His official start date was Dec. 26.

“Both Jean and Chris were selected through a rigorous search for senior managers that resulted in hundreds of applicants,” Benjamin said in a statement released by the port. “They are our colleagues, and being promoted from within the organization, which demonstrates the high caliber of professionals that we have here.”