Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Crowley Appoints Alaska VP

By Mark Edward Nero

Crowley Maritime Corp. said Nov. 12 that company veteran Craig Tornga has been named vice president of stakeholder relations for Alaska. He’ll relocate from Houston to Anchorage, and continue to report to Rocky Smith, senior vice president and general manager, petroleum distribution and marine services.

Tornga is expected to work closely with Crowley’s business units providing diverse services across the state – from fuel sales and distribution, including liquefied natural gas importation and distribution, to marine solutions and offshore towing services.

“Crowley has been serving Alaska for more than 60 years and we are deeply rooted in the state,” Smith said in a prepared statement. “Craig is the ideal person to help us continue to build partnerships with government, regulatory agencies, native Alaska corporations, trade associations, citizen advisory boards and more. He has lived and worked in the state for many years and is well known and respected.”

Tornga began his career with Crowley in July 1977 as a seaman in Seattle and over the years he held supervisory and managerial roles for the company in marine dispatch and customer service.

He worked his way up the ladder and in 2011 was chosen to lead Crowley’s new marine solutions group in Houston, and earlier this year was appointed vice president of business development in Alaska.

“I know what a special place Alaska is,” Tornga said. “I look forward to working with a broad spectrum of people and groups on issues and projects that are mutually beneficial to Crowley and our great state.”