Port Canaveral Selects John Murray As New CEO, Hapag-Lloyd USA President
By Space Coast Daily // January 8, 2016
Commissioners unanimously select new ceo
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Canaveral Port Authority Commissioners today unanimously selected shipping line executive Capt. John W. Murray as the next chief executive officer of Port Canaveral.
Murray currently is the president and CEO of Hapag-Lloyd USA, LLC, a leading global liner shipping company in Tampa that operates about 150 modern container ships and transports more than five million containers per year.
“We believe our Port and our community will be well served having Capt. Murray at the helm,” said Commission Chairman Jerry Allender.
“He brings strong business experience and leadership skills that will help the Port navigate to our next level.”
Allender said he hopes to have a negotiated contract with Murray on this month’s Commission meeting agenda scheduled for January 20.
Outgoing CEO John E. Walsh’s last day is January 21. If necessary, Port Canaveral CFO Rodger Rees will step into the CEO role in the interim.
Before being named Port Canaveral’s new CEO, Murray serves as president and CEO of Hapag-Lloyd USA, known as a ocean carrier company based in Tampa.
The CPA commissioners voted to accept John Walsh’s resignation back in September, which would be effective January 21.
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