Thursday, June 27, 2019

New AAPA President Named

By Karen Robes Meeks

Former Global CEO of Wallenius Wilhemsen Logistics Christopher J. Connor has been tapped as the new president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), it was announced this month.

Connor will transition into the position on Sept. 23, taking over for longtime leader Kurt Nagle.

The AAPA represents 130 seaport authorities in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as over 200 sustaining and associate members and stakeholders.

Nagle, who has served in the role since 1995, will step down on Oct. 16.

“It’s an honor to have been selected as the next CEO of the AAPA,” said Connor. “I’ve spent over 35 years working in the ocean shipping industry and through that lens I’ve developed a deep appreciation and respect for the vitally integral role that ports play in global commerce.”

Connor arrived at WWL in 1994, taking on several commercial and operational roles leading the company as CEO in 2013. He previously worked for Crowley Maritime Corporation for seven years, and United States Lines for six years