Board also elects Joe Toomy chairman.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has appointed Michael Kearney to the Port of New Orleans’ board of commissioners. He will serve a five-year term, succeeding John Fay, one of four Orleans Parish members on the regional board.
Kearney (pictured at right) is president and owner of The Kearney Companies Inc., a New Orleans-based third-party logistics company whose customers include exporters and importers within the Port of New Orleans.
“I am truly humbled and honored for the opportunity to serve on the board of commissioners of the Port of New Orleans,” says Kearney, who has been involved in the development of trade and commerce in New Orleans for more than 40 years. “I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners, port staff and the entire maritime community to build upon the port’s strengths as a world-class shipping center.”
“The board of commissioners of the Port of New Orleans will be served well by Mr. Kearney’s extensive experience in the global shipping industry and the regional maritime community,” says Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange. “I am thrilled to welcome him aboard.”
The Port of New Orleans also has elected Joe Toomy chairman of its board of commissioners. He succeeds Valerie Cahill, whose term as chair expired. Cahill will continue to serve on the board as a commissioner.
“It is indeed an honor to lead the board into 2013 and build upon the record volumes of international trade and cruise passengers achieved this year,” Toomy says. “The Port of New Orleans must continue its role as a major economic development engine for the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana.”
The board also elected Commissioners Dan Packer vice chair and Greg Rusovich secretary-treasurer.
Members of the seven-member board serve five-year staggered terms. They are appointed by the Governor of Louisiana from a list of nominees submitted by local civic, labor, education and maritime groups.