Tuesday, January 13, 2015

LA Port Gets New CFO

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Los Angeles has appointed Marla Bleavins as its Chief Financial Officer. She replaces Karl Pan, who retired last week after eleven years with the City of Los Angeles, including the last six at the port.

Bleavins, who began her duties Jan. 12, will report to Molly Campbell, the port’s Deputy Executive Director of Finance and Administration.

In her new role, Bleavins will oversee the port’s financial affairs, which include accounting, financial management, debt and treasury, risk management and audit functions, and will manage about 60 employees.

Bleavins most recently served as the Assistant General Manager for Finance and Administration at the City of Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development. Prior to that, she served as a Project Manager and Debt and Treasury manager at Los Angeles World Airports.

She began her career at the City of Los Angeles as a Budget Analyst and then as a Finance Specialist in the Office of the City Administrative Officer. During her tenure with the City, Bleavins managed close to $6 billion in bond financings that funded capital projects at Los Angeles International Airport and throughout the city.

“I’m very excited to join the port team,” Bleavins said in a prepared statement announcing the hire. “This position will not only provide me a unique opportunity to support the strategic vision of the port as a vital part of our regional economy, but also allow me to continue my commitment and career with the City of Los Angeles.”

Bleavins holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy and political science from Stanford University. She earned her Master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Marla brings an outstanding, results-oriented public finance track record to the port,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said.