Ports America has announced the appointment of Matthew Leech as President and CEO.
Effective November 2022, Leech will succeed Mark Montgomery, who will retire as CEO and continue to support the company in an advisory role.
Leech is a seasoned ports and terminal executive with more than 25 years of experience in the maritime industry. Previously, he was CEO and Managing Director for the Americas at DP World.
Prior to DP World’s acquisition of CSX World Terminals in 2005, Leech oversaw key expansion initiatives for CSX World Terminals in his role as Vice President, Operations and Development.
“I am honoured to be named as the next CEO of Ports America,” said Leech.
“Ports America is a high-performing organization that values its long-standing relationships with its customers.
“I look forward to working with leadership and the entire team to continue driving strong performance, delivering on Ports America’s commitments and enhancing its already strong position in the industry.”
Leech will work closely with Andrew Clarke, who assumed the position of Chairman of the Ports America Board of Directors earlier this year.
“We are pleased Matt will lead Ports America forward and build on the Company’s momentum as it enters its next chapter of growth and success,” said Clarke.
“Matt brings strong industry experience and will be an outstanding addition to the team as we deliver on our mission to provide the highest quality operations for our customers. We also thank Mark for his years of service and leadership during a period of unprecedented growth for the company.”
Ports America is the largest marine terminal operator in North America with operations in 70 locations and 33 ports across the United States.
In September 2021, Ports America partnered with long-time minority shareholder Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments).