Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Port of Coos Bay Gets New COO

Kathy Wall, the marine facilities manager and harbormaster at the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is being promoted to the position of chief operating officer, according to the port’s new CEO, David Koch.

Koch, who confirmed the news with Coos Bay World newspaper July 30, said that since joining the port in 2006, Wall has held a variety of positions that make her “uniquely suited” to the COO job.

During her six years with Coos Bay, her duties have included economic development and marketing of industrial and marine industrial properties, along with project management in dredging and waterway permitting issues.

She has also served as the port’s representative regarding ocean policy issues including marine reserves and wave energy and has worked with port management on infrastructure projects, marketing, dredging issues and waterway permitting.

She inherits her new job from Koch, who was officially promoted to CEO in June. He joined the port as COO in October 2010. Prior to joining Coos Bay, he was one of the port’s contract attorneys with the Stebbins & Coffey law firm.

He had been named the port’s interim CEO in December 2011, replacing Jeff Bishop, who resigned last November after seven years in the position in order to accept a position as city manager of the town of Blanchard, Oklahoma.