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LA City Council Confirms Shipping Magnate as New Port Director

The council voted unanimously to back Mayor Eric Garcetti's nomination.

Courtesy of Port of Los Angeles
Courtesy of Port of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday confirmed Gene Seroka as executive director of the Port of Los Angeles.

The council voted 14-0 to back Mayor Eric Garcetti's nomination of Seroka, an executive at American Presidents Line, the world's seventh-largest container shipping company.

Garcetti selected Seroka following a search to replace former port executive director Geraldine Knatz, who announced her retirement last year.

Seroka is expected to start his new job within the next month and will be paid an annual salary of $320,000, according to port spokesman Phillip Sanfield.

He will be overseeing a seaport with a nearly $1 billion budget.

Seroka has headed up commercial operations in the Americas region for APL. He has also led operations for Neptune Orient Line, the company's parent firm in Singapore. He went to work for APL after earning an MBA from University of New Orleans in 1988 and has also helped lead operations in the Middle East, East Africa and Asia.

— City News Service

Rodger Higgins June 11, 2014 at 08:13 PM
And no one sees a conflict of interest on the horizon?
Noel Park June 12, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Can anyone remember Larry Keller, the last "shipping magnate" executive director? During his reign the policy was clearly breakneck cargo development and the impacts on San Pedro and Wilmington be damned. it would appear that Mayor Garcetti intends more of the same. Wake me up in another 15 years and we'll check and see if anything has changes at Ports O'Call. I'm not holding my breath.

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