Tuesday, March 3, 2015

POLB Hires Two New Managers

By Mark Edward Nero

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners last week appointed port industry veterans Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren to newly created management positions to enhance cargo flow and service at the port.

Christensen, who most recently was Deputy Executive Director at the Port of Los Angeles, was appointed Long Beach’s Senior Executive for Supply Chain Optimization, reporting directly to Chief Executive Jon Slangerup.

Farren, who was General Manager for Hapag-Lloyd America, will be Long Beach’s Director of Tenant Services and Operations, a new position created to emphasize the importance of relations with port tenants.

With the Port of Long Beach, Christensen will be responsible for working collaboratively with industry stakeholders to find new ways to increase communication and cooperation among the links of the supply chain. At the Port of LA, he had been the No. 2-ranked executive since 2006. 
Previously, he was Vice President for the Parsons Transportation Group in Irvine, and before that he was Vice President and Managing Principal for Nolte and Associates in Walnut Creek. He started his new job Mon., March 2.

Farren has more than 20 years of experience in managing marine terminals. At Hapag-Lloyd, he was General Manager for Southern California Operations. Previously, he worked for shipping companies Maersk, Sea-Land and APL. He begins his new job this month, and will report to Long Beach’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations/Chief Commercial Officer, Dr. Noel Hacegaba.