Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Seattle Port Undergoes Organizational Realignment

By Mark Edward Nero

On Feb. 24, Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick presented to his port commission a series of organizational changes that he said are part of the initial phase of a series of measures to help aid the port’s growth strategy.

“During my first five months on the job I’ve recognized that we have many opportunities to grow our already significant impact on the region’s economy, to increase revenue, and to boost our operational excellence and effectiveness,” Fick said.

The announced realignment aims to grow operations and increase jobs throughout the region and state by promoting economic development, Fick said, as well as advancing the port’s Century Agenda, a 25-year strategy for building a sustainable regional economy through targeted business initiatives and partnerships with public and private sectors.

Organizational changes include the creation of an Office for Strategic Initiatives to provide a launch pad for good ideas and process improvements; a new Economic Development office that will encompass a number of existing functions such as Real Estate, Office of Social Responsibility, Tourism Development; and a new small business ‘incubator’ to become a primary economic growth driver for the port.

Also, a new Maritime Division will include all remaining water-borne businesses – cruise, fishing, and recreational boating. There will be an increased number of executive staff reporting directly to the CEO, including Labor Relations. Seattle’s Airport Division will remain structured as-is.

“By flattening the organization, it will give me a more focused opportunity to make a direct impact on the organization, such as Labor Relations and Economic Development,” Fick said. “This is just the first phase of a reorganization that will continue for a couple of years as we grow the business.”