As expected, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously confirmed Gene Seroka as Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles. Mr. Seroka’s appointment has received praise from the industry, and he has already hit the ground running at the port.
Not be outdone by their Southern California competitor, the Port of Long Beach recently announced the appointment of Jon Slangerup as their Executive Director, a post vacant since Chris Lytle left for Oakland a year ago. Mr. Slangerup was the former President, FedEx Canada and has a “strong operational and environmental track record.”
Gene Seroka (pictured left), an executive with APL, was tapped for the Executive Director job at the Port of Los Angeles. The post had been vacant since the retirement of Geraldine Knatz at the end of 2013.
The top spot at the Port of Long Beach remains unfilled since June 2013 when Chris Lytle left to take the helm at the Port of Oakland. With the political angst and contentious relationship between the Mayor of Long Beach (Bob Foster) and the Port of Long Beach, it has been difficult to recruit for the position. However, with Mayor Foster on his way out and the top two contenders for his job having no interest in playing puppet-master at the port, things are looking up down south.