Friday, September 21, 2012

New Port of Portland Commissioner Appointed

The Oregon Senate has confirmed Gov. John Kitzhaber’s selection of businesswoman Linda Pearce as the newest member of the nine-person Port of Portland Commission. She replaces Judi Johansen, who left the board in June.

“As the port continues in its statewide mission to promote cargo and passenger access to regional, national and international markets, Linda will provide valuable insight into the needs of Oregon businesses and the community,” Kitzhaber said in statement released by his office.

Pearce, the chief financial officer for Vancouver, Washington-based fitness equipment company Nautilus Inc., joined the company in August.

She has over 25 years of financial management experience, including an 11-year tenure with Warn Industries, which designs, manufactures and markets a full line of off-road equipment and accessories.

Pearce holds a bachelor of science in accounting and information systems and quantitative analysis from Portland State University and a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Oregon.

“As a business leader, I understand and appreciate the importance of trade to our regional and state economy,” Pearce said. “As an Oregon native, I have a strong desire to enhance our quality of life. My role on the Port Commission will allow me to make a contribution in both areas.”

Portland port commissioners are unpaid volunteers who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. They serve four-year terms and are eligible to be reappointed to additional terms.