CEO Jon Slangerup today announced his resignation from the Port of Long Beach, effective October 28, 2016. He has accepted a position as Chairman and CEO of a leading aviation technology company effective October 31, 2016. Slangerup joined the Port in June of 2014.
“I wish to thank the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the opportunity I’ve had to lead the Port of Long Beach and our exceptional team of managers and professionals. The experience of helping guide the Port through our industry’s swiftly changing and often uncharted waters has been both an exciting challenge and a great honor. I am exceedingly proud of the work we’ve accomplished together over the past two years in driving forward our vision for the Green Port of the Future. I leave my post content in the knowledge that the Port’s greatest years lie ahead,” said Slangerup.
Board of Harbor Commissioners President Lori Ann Guzmán thanked Slangerup for his service: “Jon has brought tremendous leadership, creativity and executive experience to the Port. His innovative vision and ability to lead in times of change and growth have made a marked difference in the history of our beloved Port. I and my fellow commissioners wish Jon continued success in his new role.”
Soon after joining the Port, Slangerup’s leadership was instrumental in addressing the historic congestion challenge that affected the San Pedro Bay port complex and the national goods movement network. He worked with all stakeholders – local, regional and federal – to restore operations in less than half the time expected. Months later, in July 2015, the Port set the strongest cargo record in more than a century of operations and the strongest performance since the Great Recession.
Slangerup has also overseen ongoing progress on the Port’s $4 billion, 10-year capital improvement plan, including the replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge and the development of the innovative Middle Harbor terminal. Additionally, the Port achieved another milestone earlier this year when the 18,000 TEU megaship, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, called on the Port.
The Board of Harbor Commissioners will oversee the search for a new CEO.