Friday, January 17, 2014

Port of Oakland Hires New Maritime Director

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Oakland has selected maritime industry veteran John C. Driscoll to become the port’s new Director of Maritime. Driscoll, who most recently was Vice President of Export Sales for container shipping group CMA CGM, begins his new job at the port on Jan. 27.

As Director of Maritime, Driscoll will be responsible for building and growing maritime business. He’ll also oversee the full range of maritime operations including administration, finance, customer service, planning and development, and seaport security.

“We are positioned to expand our maritime business and we are fortunate to have John, a proven leader in the industry, join our senior management team at this time of tremendous opportunity,” port Executive Director Chris Lytle said. “John’s private sector experience in maritime operations, marketing and sales will help us grow our business.”

Driscoll has over 30 years of commercial practice in international maritime transportation, having worked for Sea-Land Service, Maersk Line and CMA CGM. He had worked in an executive capacity with CMA CGM since 2005, and led the expansion and development of the company’s interests in the Caribbean, Central America and Northern South America. In 2008, he was promoted to Senior Vice President where he oversaw sales, trade, and marketing for the company’s US operations.
Driscoll, a native of Bethesda, Maryland, began his career with Sea-Land Service in 1980.