The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is scheduled to vote on June 30, to name Jon W. Slangerup, a veteran corporate executive with extensive experience in global logistics and environmental technologies, as the Port of Long Beach’s new Chief Executive.
“After an extensive, nationwide search, the Board of Harbor Commissioners is very pleased to recommend the appointment of Jon Slangerup as the Port’s new Chief Executive,” said Harbor Commission President Doug Drummond. “He’s an extremely capable leader, proven team-builder and expert at managing a world-class organization. In our highly competitive, quickly changing industry challenged by major environmental and energy issues, he’s the perfect person for the job.”
With the pending expansion of the Panama Canal and the aftermath of the 2008 recession, port communities throughout North America have been highly focused on maintaining and growing their business. At the same time, ports have faced public pressure to “green” their operations.
“With a strong operational and environmental track record, we’re confident that Jon can move us ahead as the Best Green Seaport in the world while providing experienced leadership in developing advanced cargo-handling technology and infrastructure,” said Drummond.
Harbor Commissioners made the decision on Slangerup in an executive session following their regular June 23 board meeting. The Commission is set to confirm Slangerup’s appointment at a special public meeting June 30 at 6 p.m. Slangerup will succeed former Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle, who left the Port nearly a year ago for a similar position at the Port of Oakland.
“We undertook a rigorous and thorough review process,” noted Commissioner Lori Ann Farrell, who chaired the Port’s search committee in a national review coordinated by executive search firm Boyden. “In Jon we found the ideal combination of leadership, vision and execution that we need to take us strongly into the next decade.”