Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Port of Portland Hires O’Hollaren As Maritime Marketing Head

By Mark Edward Nero

Ken O’Hollaren, the ex-CEO of the Port of Longview and former executive director of the Port of Port Angeles, is on the move again. He has been hired to lead the Port of Portland’s marine marketing efforts, the port announced March 20.

“We are excited to have Ken’s ideas and expertise as we look to grow our strong position as an auto and bulk gateway and set a new vision for business activity at Terminal 6,” the Port of Portland’s chief commercial officer, Keith Leavitt, said in a statement. “Ken is a highly-regarded leader in the Pacific Northwest marine port sector.”

O’Hollaren was the executive director of the Port of Longview until retiring at the end of 2012 after nearly 25 years in the position. He was brought on at the Port of Port Angeles as interim executive director in July 2013 and was later named to the position permanently. He resigned after two years, citing a desire to spend more time with family.

O’Hollaren also previously served as chair of the Interstate Columbia River Improvement Project, the plan to deepen the Columbia River shipping channel, and is a past chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities.