JULY 27, 2015 — Matson, Inc. (NYSE: MATX), has promoted Kenny Gill, previously Senior Director of Operations for Horizon Lines' Alaska division, to the position of Vice President, Alaska. In his new role, Mr. Gill has management responsibility for all Matson operations in Alaska, including terminal operations, customer service, sales, and financial performance of the company's terminals in Anchorage, Kodiak, and Dutch Harbor.
The appointment follows Matson's May 29, 2015 acquisition of the Alaska operations of Horizon Lines and the subsequent retirement of Marion Davis, Horizon's vice president and general manager for Alaska. Mr. Davis continues to serve Matson as a special advisor on the Alaska trade.
"As the leading provider of ocean transportation in the Pacific for more than 130 years, it is important to Matson that we protect, and in fact build on the decades-long commitment to serving Alaska businesses and communities that has been the hallmark of Horizon Lines, and its predecessor, SeaLand," said Matt Cox, president and CEO. "The company's strong leadership team is one of the things that attracted us to the business, so one of the first things we did was invite Marion Davis to stay on. Although he decided to retire – after 43 years in the business – we are extremely pleased to be promoting Kenny Gill, his hand-picked successor, as our senior management representative in Alaska. Kenny's extensive experience in Alaska terminal operations positions us well to deliver on our commitments to customers. And together, Marion and Kenny are making Matson's entry into the market truly seamless for our customers and business partners in Alaska."
As Senior Director of Operations for Horizon since 2009, Mr. Gill was responsible for overseeing and coordinating operations at the company's terminals in Tacoma, Anchorage, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor. He previously served as Terminal Operations Manager at the company's Tacoma and Kodiak terminals after a stint as Business Process Manager for its Alaska Division in Anchorage. Prior to Horizon, he served as a project manager and financial manager for Manganaro Industries of Malden, MA and as a tax consultant at accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand, LLP in Boston.
Mr. Gill holds a BA in Political Science from Boston University, an MSA in Accountancy from Bentley College Graduate School of Business and an MBA from the University of Washington's Michael G. Foster School of Business.