Port of South Louisiana hires firm for executive director search

In April, the Port of South Louisiana commemorated the 25th anniversary of operations of its transshipment center, Globalplex Intermodal Terminal
Photography courtesy Port of South Louisiana

The Port of South Louisiana has hired a West Coast firm to assist in its search for a new executive director.

The Board of Commissioners, which launched the search in August, has retained the services of Shey-Harding Executive Search, a west coast firm specialized to assist the port in locating its next administrator. In a statement issued Monday, the board said that “in spite of Hurricane Ida’s toll on our industry and community, we remain steadfast on fulfilling this task.”

The new executive director will play an important role in leading, facilitating, and collaborating on key industry and organizational initiatives including long range plans, project development opportunities, key partnerships and business relationships, and national and regional branding, and now, post-hurricane restoration efforts through engagement with industry stakeholders, governing officials, committee officials, board members, and staff.

Established in 1990, and located in Seal Beach, California, Shey-Harding Executive Search is a woman-owned maritime transportation placement firm that conducts executive level searches for U.S. port authorities, ocean shipping companies and terminal operators.

The Port of South Louisiana is a 54-mile port district on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, encompassing the parishes of St. Charles, St. John and St. James. The facilities located within the port’s district consistently handle over a quarter billion short tons of cargo annually, ranking it the largest tonnage port district in the Western Hemisphere and the 16th largest in the world, the nation’s greatest grain exporter, and one of the major energy transfer ports in the United States.