Mario Cordero, the former chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has been appointed as the Port of Long Beach’s new executive director by its Board of Harbor Commissioners.
Cordero, who headed the FMC between April 2013 and January 2017 via presidential appointment, also served previously as president and as a long-time member of the Long Beach Board of Harbour Commissioners.
Harbour Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán said that Cordero’s experience gave 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,” she added.
The port authority noted in a statement: “Cordero has forged relationships with maritime representatives around the world, and he is poised to build consensus as new alliances change the face of the shipping industry.”
During his time in Long Beach, Cordero helped to spearhead the port’s Green Port Policy, which was formalised in 2005, aiming to achieve long-term sustainable port development.
Cordero, who is expected to join the port in May, will succeed Duane Kenagy, who has served as interim executive director since late 2016.