Port of Long Beach to name Mario Cordero Executive Director

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APRIL 14, 2017 – Former Federal Maritime Commission chairman Mario Cordero is expected to be named Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach following a vote today by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.

Mr. Cordero is a Long Beach resident and attorney and served previously as president and as a longtime member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.

"After a comprehensive international search, the Board of Harbor Commissioners recognized that Mario Cordero is an ideal choice to lead the Port of Long Beach," said Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán. "Mario not only has a deep understanding of the maritime industry from his leadership of the Federal Maritime Commission, but his service as a member of the Long Beach Harbor Commission gives him extensive knowledge of the needs of our carriers, terminal operators, cargo owners, and other trade partners. Mario approaches challenges from a bipartisan, collaborative perspective and as we seek to keep our port thriving, his combination of national and local experience is well-suited to carry us into the future."

Mr. Cordero has served on the Federal Maritime Commission since 2011, with a term set to expire in June 2019. He served as chairman from April 2013 until January 2017.

While a Long Beach Harbor Commissioner from 2003 to 2011,he helped to spearhead the Port's pioneering Green Port Policy, formalized in 2005 and aimed at reconciling economic growth and environmental stewardship to achieve long-term, sustainable port development;.

"I am so pleased to be coming back home to the Port of Long Beach during this time of dramatic change in the maritime industry," said Mr. Cordero. "The broad perspective I gained at the national level, along with my many years of service as a Long Beach Harbor Commissioner and my love for the community of Long Beach, will allow me to hit the ground running. We have a stellar leadership team in place, and I'll be working closely with the Commission and our highly experienced staff in the months ahead to carry out our ambitious capital improvements and ensure that our customers and community members are well-served."

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