Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Interim Director Named at Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners announced on June 7 that Al Moro, the port’s Chief  Harbor Engineer would be the interim executive director, filling in for Chris Lytle, who announced on May 23 that he was leaving the Port of Long Beach to head the Port of Oakland.

“We have unanimously selected Al Moro as our interim executive director,” Board of Harbor Commissioners President Susan Anderson Wise said. “He is highly respected by all of the commissioners, very well regarded in our industry and well-liked by the port staff.”

Moro, who joined the port in 1997 as a civil engineer, currently oversees all administrative and technical activities for its engineering programs, including nearly $4 billion in capital improvement projects.

As chief harbor engineer, Moro has overseen all administrative and technical activities for the port’s four engineering divisions, including construction management. He supervised 135 engineers, surveyors, technicians, and support staff, and managed the port’s extensive capital improvement program, including the replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge.

Moro’s appointment goes into effect following a formal vote on June 17, said Wise.

“I am honored to have been selected by the Board of Harbor Commissioners to serve as interim director,” Moro commented. “A major goal of mine will be to provide stability and continuity during the transition. It’s important that we continue to move forward with all of our projects.”

Moro has said he would not be a candidate for the permanent position.

Lytle is expected to remain at Long Beach until mid-July and is scheduled to begin his new job in Oakland shortly thereafter. His imminent departure means that the Port of Long Beach will have five upper management vacancies to fill. In addition to the executive director’s job, the positions of Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director of Trade Development and Port Operations, and Director of Communications, are all currently vacant. Also, Long Beach’s Managing Director of Environmental Affairs & Planning, Robert Kanter, is retiring after 23 years with the Port of Long Beach.