Friday, December 5, 2014

POLB Names 2 More Division Heads

By Mark Edward Nero

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has named new directors for the port’s Construction Management and Information Management divisions, the port said Dec. 2.

Nyariana Maiko, who since 2010 has been an Associate Vice President with Molina Healthcare, will be the new Director of the Information Management division. Suzanne Plezia, who has been Acting Director of Construction Management since January 2014, is now the permanent director and is in charge of overseeing construction of port projects.

The two women are filling slots vacated by directors who retired this year. Before Molina Healthcare, Maiko worked in management of information technology and program management for a number of companies including Toyota Financial Services and Nissan North America. According to the port, she has about 30 years of work experience in information technology and information management, business and strategic technology leadership.

She is scheduled to start at the port on Jan. 5, 2015.

Plezia, who joined the Port of Long Beach as an intern in 1996, is a licensed civil engineer who rose through the ranks at the port. In 2012, she was also promoted to Deputy Chief Harbor Engineer before becoming Acting Director of Construction Management 11 months ago. Her promotion is effective immediately.

The hirings are the ninth and 10th executive-level positions filled over about two-month period at the port. In October, Chief Executive Jon Slangerup filled four vacant executive posts with staff veterans. And in November, the Port of Long Beach named four other people to upper management roles in newly-created and previously vacant jobs.

The new appointments have filled a leadership void that emerged after the resignations and retirements of more than half a dozen upper managers from mid-2013 to mid-2014.