The Port of Long Beach has selected Jon Slangerup, a one-time chief executive officer of FedEx Canada, to be its new chief executive. The Board of Harbor Commissioners is scheduled to vote on the his appointment on Monday, the port authority announced.
"He’s an extremely capable leader, proven team-builder and expert at managing a world-class organization. In our highly competitive, quickly changing industry challenged by major environmental and energy issues, he’s the perfect person for the job," Harbor Commission President Doug Drummond said.
The port has been without a permanent leader since Christopher Lytle left a year ago to head the Port of Oakland. Chief Harbor Engineer Al Moro has served as interim executive director.
Slangerup has not been actively involved in the freight transportation arena for 14 years. He spent 20 years at FedEx, including six years as head of its Canadian subsidiary. After leaving FedEx Canada in 2000, Slangerup has headed several technology start ups, which include a supply chain management software company; a developer of hydrogen fuel applications; a solar technology company; a maker of fuel cells for homes and businesses; and a company that manufacturers ballast water treatment systems for commercial vessels.
Since 2012, he has served on the board of a biofuel company; a private equity firm that invests in industrial services, healthcare and consumer goods companies; alma mater Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and a maker of aviation maintenance software.
Former colleagues at clean technology companies recommended Slangerup on his LinkedIn page.
"A gifted leader, Jon brought Fortune 500 management expertise and strategic vision to these companies, providing a steady hand during our rapid growth. Jon is equally successful in raising investment funds from Wall Street as managing the business and driving revenue," Aruthur de Cordova wrote.
"Mr. Slangerup is a visionary leader with excellent communication, interpersonal and management skills. He is a big picture thinker who is often able to inspire a team to reach for excellence," Zakiul Kabir, the chief technology officer at CleanEnergy Power, said. "Mr. Slangerup is analytical and data driven, and has outstanding marketing and business-development skills. His business acumen allows him to identify opportunities in otherwise less obvious places and maximize shareholder value." He also praised Slangerup's ability to deal with policymakers.
Slangerup's experience growing businesses and and developing environmental technologies will help the Port of Long Beach as it faces increased competition for cargo from other ports while trying to further improve its environmental performance, Drummond said.
“I am extremely pleased to be joining the Port of Long Beach team, which has a
long and distinguished record of operational excellence, technological
innovation and environmental stewardship,” Slangerup said. “The Port of
Long Beach is investing billions of dollars in advanced technology and
infrastructure development, and I look forward to working with our team to
flawlessly execute our capital plans and deliver exceptional value to our
customers and community stakeholders to ensure the continued growth and
expansion of our port.”
Gene Seroka, who previously headed the Americas region for container line APL, took over this month at the neighboring Port of Los Angeles.