Ocean carrier veteran joins Port NOLA leadership team

Written by Marine Log Staff
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Todd Rives, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. Port NOLA

Todd Rives has joined the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) as Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

Rives comes to Port NOLA with 15 years experience at ocean carrier CMA CGM, most recently as Vice President for Marine Sourcing, managing $1.7 billion in U.S. maritime operations, including contracts with key port authority terminals; stevedores; and various barge, vessel and tug operators. He developed and oversaw a $10 million terminal agility cost savings program and also facilitated new Transpacific and Latin America service opportunities to ensure commercial requirements with best-in-class cost and service agreements.

“We look forward to Todd Rives’ contributions and skill set as we strengthen the New Orleans gateway,” said Brandy D. Christian, President and CEO of Port NOLA and CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad. “Todd’s accomplishments include a track record of meeting ambitious goals, developing effective private partnerships and improving profitability in challenging environments.”

“I am thrilled to join the Port of New Orleans team at such a pivotal time as the port continues to execute its strategic master plan to meet and exceed the demands of the changing global market,” Rives said. “I look forward to contributing to the port’s momentum to capture new business and position itself as the Gulf gateway of choice well into the future.”

Rives has previous roles in both domestic and international markets for CMA CGM in South Africa, Nigeria, France and Canada as well as in Norfolk, Virginia home to CMA CGM’s US headquarters. He engineered CMA CGM’s “Victory Bridge” service looping and connecting Europe, Mexico and the U.S. Gulf, including Port NOLA. He has also led strategic planning, vendor evaluation, negotiation efforts and cost analysis for CMA CGM Group, a company with more than $30 billion in worldwide container shipping, transportation and freighting group with more than 420 ports spanning more than 150 nations.

Rives succeeds Bobby Landry, who will retire after 31 years with the port. During his tenure as Chief Commercial Officer, Port NOLA’s cargo volumes have grown dramatically, with container volumes more than doubling over the last 10 years.

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