Monday, November 3, 2014

POLB Adds Four More Execs

By Mark Edward Nero

Less than two weeks after announcing that four vacant executive positions had been filled, the Port of Long Beach has now named four more people to upper management roles.

The four professionals all have long experience in the fields of engineering, maintenance and finance, and come from outside the Port of Long Beach. Two of the positions are newly created and two were vacated earlier this year.

Duane Kenagy has been appointed to the new position of Capital Programs Executive to oversee the port’s capital improvement program. He’ll report directly to the port’s chief executive, Jon Slangerup. Kenagy has 30 years of experience in engineering and management and had been with the Moffatt & Nichol engineering consulting firm since 1994, where he rose to Senior Vice President.

Also appointed to a newly created engineering leadership position is Diane Pierson, the new Director of Project Controls. The port says the new Project Controls Division is part of Engineering’s Program Delivery Group, and will focus on cost and schedule oversight of development programs.

Pierson comes to the port from City of Hope medical center in Duarte, Calif., where she was Project Controls Manager from 2011 to 2014. Previously, she was Chief of Project Controls for the Los Angeles District of the US Army Corps of Engineers from 2000-2011, where her work included oversight of project controls for Army Corps dredging projects at the Port of Long Beach.

Betsy Christie, who was Chief Financial Officer for container terminal company NYK Terminals from 2008 to 2013, has been appointed the port’s new Director of Finance. Before NYK, Christie worked for LifeMasters Supported SelfCare, where she held various positions – CEO, VP Finance/Controller, and Accounting Manager.

The port’s new Director of Maintenance, Fred Greco, has 29 years of maintenance management experience with airports, cargo operations, surface transportation, rail and public works. He has been the Public Works Operations Superintendent with the City of Anaheim since February 2013 and prior to that, he was the Deputy Director of Operations and Maintenance for the Sacramento County Airport System from 2002-2012.

In mid-October, the port announced it had appointed people to four other executive positions: Managing Director of Commercial Operations/Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Harbor Engineer, Assistant Director of Business Development and Assistant Director of Real Estate.

The new appointments have largely filled a leadership void that emerged at the port after the exits of more than half a dozen upper managers from mid-2013 to mid-2014, including those in the positions of Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director of Trade Development & Port Operations, Director of Construction Management, Managing Director of Environmental Affairs, Chief Finance Officer and Director of Information Management.