The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday selected veteran human resources executive Louis Gutierrez as the Port’s Managing Director of Human Resources and Team Development.
Gutierrez, an attorney and former Fortune 500 company executive, will lead a new bureau dedicated to supporting recruitment, hiring and training of Harbor Department personnel.
In his current position as Vice President of Human Resources for the Lewis Group of Companies, one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate development companies, Gutierrez heads the Human Resources Division, serving more than 500 employees, and overseeing the Lewis Group’s talent acquisition, benefits/compensation, succession, learning, executive development and employee relations functions.
He previously served as an executive managing human resources at Cox Enterprises and divisions of Time Warner, The Walt Disney Co. and Viacom.
Gutierrez earned a bachelor’s degree in communications studies and a law degree from UCLA.
In this key executive role, Gutierrez will focus on enhancing the strategic alignment of the Human Resources and Team Development Divisions with the ongoing business of the Harbor Department, which runs the second-busiest container port in the United States.
“The skills Louis brings are exactly what we need to develop our talent and help the team expand their professional and organizational skills, needed to keep pace with change and growth at this very dynamic time in the Port’s history,” said Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup. “I am very pleased to have him join our team.”