Friday, December 15, 2017

New Commercial Chief at Vancouver USA

By Karen Robes Meeks

Alex Strogen is the Port of Vancouver USA new chief commercial officer, replacing Alastair Smith, who has been with the port since 2003 and will retire in March 2018 after 45 years in the maritime industry.

Strogen, who will start with the port on January 16, will be tasked with planning and enacting short- and long-term “maritime marketing strategies, objectives and programs to promote domestic and international trade; planning and directing the marine cargo development program; guiding industrial recruitment and customer service; and developing and maintaining relationships,” according to the port.

“Alex brings a wealth of experience to the Port of Vancouver. He’s been on both sides of the table as a customer and a sales manager, so he really understands the needs of both and how to navigate those relationships,” said port CEO Julianna Marler.

“He also shares our dedication to industry leadership, stewardship and exceptional partnership. He’s a great addition to the team, and we look forward to welcoming him to our port and community in January.”

The Texas A&M University graduate previously served for six years as a senior global category leader for General Electric Global Operations. He has worked for major ocean carriers such as American Roll On Roll Off Carrier, APL and Maersk Line.