Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Washington Gov. Appoints Maritime Development Director

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Oct. 11 announced maritime industry veteran Stephen Sewell has been appointed to the state Department of Commerce as economic development director for the state’s maritime industry sector.

Inslee introduced Sewell while participating in a roundtable at Crowley Maritime and tour of the Harbor Island Training Center at Vigor Industries, along with Commerce Director Brian Bonlender and other officials.

“Steve Sewell is a dynamic and well-respected leader who has developed strong local, national and international relationships over more than 25 years in the maritime industry,” Inslee said. “He will be an outstanding asset in our efforts to expand our working waterfront as a job creation engine for Washington’s economy.”

Between 1994 and 2002, Sewell served in senior leadership roles at the Port of Seattle, including Managing Director of the Seaport Division, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel. Since 2011, he had been a founding executive and senior vice president at LoadStar, a subsidiary of port operator Hutchison Port Holdings.

Between 2002 and 2010, he held upper management positions with PB Ports & Marine and cargo tracking company Savi Networks.

“I’m enthusiastic about being in a position to help address some of the big issues facing our state – education, jobs and transportation. Positive change in all of these areas is possible through the growth and health of the maritime industry,” Sewell said.

Commerce Director Brian Bonlender said the new position is modeled after the state’s Office of Aerospace.

“Washington has one of the most vibrant maritime sectors in the country, producing some of the best family-wage jobs in the region, but its importance to our economy is often overlooked or taken for granted,” Bonlender said. “This position will help drive policies important to the continued growth of the maritime sector.”