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Strawbridge Appointed to Top Trade Post

Board Hires Maritime Executive as Managing Director

January 5, 2011

Sean Strawbridge, an executive at Ports America, has been appointed as the Port's Managing Director of Trade Relations and Port Operations by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.

Strawbridge is scheduled to start at the Port on January 31. He will oversee the Port’s Trade Relations and Port Operations Bureau, which includes the Communications, Maintenance, Security and Trade Relations divisions. He will report to Deputy Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle.

"Sean is a highly respected leader in the maritime industry, and understands what it’s going to take for the Port of Long Beach to stay competitive as we emerge from the recession," said Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke, who recommended Strawbridge for the position. “He will be a tremendous addition to the Port’s executive management team.”

Strawbridge is currently based in Phoenix as the Director of Corporate Development at Ports America, one of the largest terminal operator and stevedoring companies in the United States. He has nearly 25 years of experience in the maritime and air transportation industries, in a diversity of disciplines including finance, sales, operations, information technology and corporate development. Strawbridge previously held positions with US Airways (formerly America West Airlines), Sea-Land Service, Inc., and Marine Terminals Corporation.

Strawbridge holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University. 

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