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Casey Hehr (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Hehr Named Security Director at Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed Casey Hehr to lead the Security Division at the nation’s second-busiest seaport.Hehr has been with the Port of Long Beach since November 2016, serving as the Assistant Director of Security. He has been the acting director of the division since March, following the retirement of the previous director.Prior to his position at the Port, Hehr served with the U.S. Coast Guard for more than 20 years, retiring as the Chief of Operations and Response for the Los Angeles-Long Beach Sector. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical

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'Maritime Center of Excellence' Launched in Long Beach

Port of Long Beach Maritime Center of Excellence at Long Beach City College will target a variety of programs for occupations in the global logistics and supply chain industries that require more education than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year college degree.The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently approved $60,000 in funding for the program’s first year as a pilot project. The Maritime Center joins the Academy of Global Logistics at Cabrillo High School as a keystone of the Port’s education outreach efforts.“The Port of Long Beach believes in investing in

Kerry Gerot (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

New Comms Director at Port of Long Beach

 The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Thursday approved the selection of Kerry Gerot to lead the Port’s Communications and Community Relations Division. The appointment is effective August 19.   Gerot is currently the Public Affairs Officer for the Long Beach City Manager’s Office, a position she has held for almost three years. As Director of Communications and Community Relations for the Port, she will oversee media relations, crisis communications, community engagement and educational outreach at the Harbor Department.    The Communications Division

Stacey Lewis (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Port of Long Beach Promotes Lewis

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the selection of Stacey Lewis as Director of Human Resources Services to lead the division that administers employment for the Harbor Department. The appointment is effective July 1. Lewis, the Port’s Assistant Director of Human Resources, was promoted to Director following the retirement of the previous HR Director. Lewis joined the Port of Long Beach in 2008. She was appointed Assistant Director of Human Resources in January 2009. Prior to coming to the port, she was the president of a consulting firm providing services to several

Duane Kenagy (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Kenagy Named No. 2 Head at Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed Duane Kenagy as the Port of Long Beach’s deputy executive director.   Kenagy most recently served as interim chief executive, overseeing the nation’s second-busiest seaport during the search that ended in naming Mario Cordero as executive director.   “Duane provided exceptional leadership during an important transition period at the Port of Long Beach,” said Harbor Commission president Lori Ann Guzmán. “It was exactly what the board was hoping for, and this appointment is a reflection of

Suzanne Plezia (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Port of Long Beach Names Two Engineering Executives

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week named two Harbor Department engineering leaders as the new Chief Harbor Engineer and the new Director of Program Management. The Appointments are effective April 29.   Suzanne Plezia, the Port's Director of Construction Management, has been promoted to Senior Director of the Engineering Bureau’s Program Delivery Group. The position also holds the title of Chief Harbor Engineer. Plezia is the first woman to be Chief Harbor Engineer of the Port of Long Beach. The Chief Harbor Engineer is in charge of executing all of the Port’s

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Port of Long Beach Approves Project Labor Agreement

Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners have approved a plan Monday to expand the port’s use of locally hired, disadvantaged and veteran workers for more than $700 million in construction projects.   Under the new Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, at least 40 percent of the work on port construction projects must be done by local residents (Los Angeles and Orange counties), 15 percent by disadvantaged workers and 10 percent by veterans. The PLA also encourages apprenticeship and training programs, and

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Port of Long Beach Adds Three Directors

The Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved the appointments of new directors for the Port of Long Beach’s Finance, Surveys and Transportation Planning divisions.   Maurina Lee, previously the Harbor Department’s controller, will become the Director of Finance. She has been controller since March of last year and was previously finance manager for the city of Downey from 2006 to 2015. The Finance Division oversees an annual budget that is $829 million this fiscal year. It is part of the Finance and Administration Bureau.   Robert Seidel, who has been the Port of Long

Richard Jordan (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Long Beach Harbor Commission Hires Chief of Staff

Marine Corps colonel selected as new liaison to Port of Long Beach Board   U.S. Marine Col. Richard Jordan was selected by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners last week as the new Chief of Staff, to assist the Commission in making key decisions in governing the Port of Long Beach.   Jordan most recently served as Director of Enlisted Professional Military Education at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Va., overseeing approximately 280 Marines and civilians at six educational academies around the globe. Previously, he was the Strategy and Policy Division Chief for the

Lou Anne Bynum and Doug Drummond

Commission Appointments at Long Beach Port

  The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday confirmed the appointments of Long Beach City College executive Lou Anne Bynum and former City Councilman Doug Drummond to second terms on the Board of Harbor Commissioners.   Mayor Robert Garcia announced the reappointments last month. Both Bynum, the Harbor Board Vice President, and Drummond, a former Board President, were originally appointed by Garcia’s predecessor, Mayor Bob Foster. “These commissioners have done outstanding jobs helping to lead the Harbor Department,” Garcia said. “Their commitment to continuing

Louis Gutierrez (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Port of Long Beach Names HR Director

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday selected veteran human resources executive Louis Gutierrez as the port’s Managing Director of Human Resources and Team Development.   In the newly created executive role, Gutierrez, an attorney and former Fortune 500 company executive, will lead a new bureau dedicated to supporting recruitment, hiring and training of harbor department personnel.   In his current position as Vice President of Human Resources for the Lewis Group of Companies, one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate development companies

Lori Ann Farrell Harrison (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Long Beach Harbor Commission Elects Officers

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners elected Lori Ann Farrell Harrison as its new Board President on Monday.   The five-member Harbor Commission, which oversees the Port of Long Beach, also selected Lou Anne Bynum as Vice President and Tracy Egoscue as Secretary. The Commission selects from its own members the President and the other Board officers for one-year terms each July.   Farrell Harrison, a 5th District resident, is the Director of Finance for the City of Huntington Beach and was previously Chief Financial Officer for the City of Long Beach. She was appointed to the

Noelia Rodriguez (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Port of Long Beach Hires Communications Director

Noelia Rodriguez to fill newly created executive role   The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday selected Noelia Rodriguez as the Managing Director of Communications to oversee the Harbor Department’s Communications, Government Relations and Marketing divisions.   Rodriguez brings diverse and extensive experience to the newly created role at the Port of Long Beach, ranging from the White House and Los Angeles Mayor’s Office to her most recent position with Metro Los Angeles, which is the county’s public transportation authority.   As Metro’s

Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren appointed to newly created management positions

Christensen, Farren Join Port of Long Beach

  The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week appointed port industry veterans Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren to newly created management positions to enhance cargo flow and service at the Port of Long Beach. Christensen, who most recently was Deputy Executive Director at the Port of Los Angeles, was appointed Port of Long Beach’s Senior Executive for Supply Chain Optimization, reporting directly to Chief Executive Jon Slangerup. Farren, who was General Manager for Hapag-Lloyd America, will be Long Beach’s Director of Tenant Services and Operations, a new position

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Long Beach Port Appoints 4 Executives

  The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners continued to fill key positions in Harbor Department leadership ranks this week with four additional appointments of experienced executives to oversee Port of Long Beach operations. The four professionals all have long and valuable experience in their fields of engineering, maintenance and finance, and come from outside the Port of Long Beach. Two of the positions are newly created and two were vacated earlier this year. Duane Kenagy has been appointed to the newly created position of Capital Programs Executive to oversee the Port’s

Senior staff members Hacegaba, Gamette named to Port posts

Executive Appointments at Long Beach Port

  The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently filled key Harbor Department executive posts with staff veterans as the Department continues to undergo a reorganization initiated by Chief Executive Jon Slangerup. Dr. Noel Hacegaba, who has been serving as the Acting Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer since June 2013, was named as the new Managing Director of Commercial Operations/Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to the 2013 acting appointment, Hacegaba was Executive Officer to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, a position he was named to in July 2010. The newly

Dr. Noel Hacegaba (left) and Sean Gamette, P.E.

Port of Long Beach Announces Executive Appointments

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently filled key Harbor Department executive posts with staff veterans as the Department continues to undergo a reorganization initiated by Chief Executive Jon Slangerup. Dr. Noel Hacegaba, who has been serving as the Acting Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer since June 2013, was named as the new Managing Director of Commercial Operations/Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to the 2013 acting appointment, Hacegaba was Executive Officer to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, a position he was named to in July 2010. The newly created Commercial

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