Port of Long Beach begins headhunt for new director

  • Port of Long Beach appoint Boyden to find its new executive director

The Long Beach Board of Harbour Commissioners have begun to take steps to find a replacement executive director.

The board approved a contract worth up to US$127,000 with Baltimore-based employment firm, Boyden Global Executive Search on last week in order to find a suitable candidate.

The role will involve overseeing day-to-day operations, modernisation projects and long-range strategic planning of the Port of Long Beach.

The announcement comes after former director J. Christopher Lytle departed for a position at Oakland in July 2013.

Since then, Al Moro, formerly the Harbour Department’s chief engineer has served as acting director.

The decision to seek a suitable recruit comes soon after the appointment of Heather A. Tomley (left) as the new director of environmental planning for the port. 

Like Al Moro, Tomley had been serving as acting director of environmental planning since July 2013. She will report to the managing director of environmental affairs and planning, Rick Cameron.

Currently on leave, Tomley is scheduled to return on March 17th to start her new role.

The Port of Long Beach handles $155 billion annually in trade, and supports 1.4 million jobs in the US.

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