Port of Long Beach names new Executive Director

The decision was greeted with support by industry representatives, State Senator Alan Lowenthal and others present at the regularly scheduled Board meeting.

By ·

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners voted unanimously this week to name J. Christopher Lytle, the Port’s Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, as the Port of Long Beach’s new Executive Director.

The decision was greeted with support by industry representatives, State Senator Alan Lowenthal and others present at the regularly scheduled Board meeting.

The announcement comes at a time when Long Beach is facing a somewhat soft season in container throughput According to Zepol Corporation, a leading trade intelligence company, imports into the Port of Long Beach decreased 8.8 percent from September.

The Harbor Commission announced their decision a week ago, but Monday’s vote formally confirmed Lytle’s appointment. Lytle will succeed Richard D. Steinke, the Port’s 14-year Executive Director, who announced his plan to retire earlier this year.
? ?
“After a thorough, intensive and extensive search process, I’m pleased to report that last Monday, the Board was unanimous in selecting” Lytle for the position, Harbor Commission President Susan E. Anderson Wise said shortly before the unanimous 4 to 0 vote. Commissioner Thomas Fields was not present.

“I am looking forward to working with Chris in his new position,” Wise said.

Lytle is a longtime shipping industry veteran, and has been the Port’s Deputy Executive Director since March 2008. He joined the Port in September 2006 as one of four Managing Directors, overseeing the Port’s Trade Relations and Port Operations Bureau, which includes the Communications, Trade Development, Security and Maintenance divisions.

“I don’t think there is port in world that has a better staff,” Lytle said shortly after his confimation. “It is my pleasure to work with the staff in my new capacity.”? ?Lytle, a former vice president with the French-based shipping line CMA CGM, also held executive positions at P&O Ports North America, Sea-Land Service, Inc. and the Denmark-based APM (Maersk) Terminals.? ?

Lytle holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University.


About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]

Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

Ocean Cargo · Ocean Freight · Trade · All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
Just Released: Understanding Hazmat Transportation Management
The rules and regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials (hazmat) are complex.
Download Today!
From the July 2017 Logistics Management Issue
E-commerce continues to fuel a boom that’s tempered by overcapacity, rate pressures, sluggish demand and political doubt. The result: “cognitive dissonance” that finds a $1.4 trillion market scratching its head.
2017 Truckload Brokerage Roundtable: Technology continues to connect the dots
Cloud Transportation Management Systems (TMS): Weis Markets streamlines “both sides” of the DC door
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Getting the most out of your 3PL relationship
Join Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong & Associates, as he explains how creating a balanced portfolio of "Top 50" global and domestic partners can maximize efficiency and mitigate risk.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
28th Annual State of Logistics: Into the great unknown
E-commerce continues to fuel a boom that’s tempered by overcapacity, rate pressures, sluggish...
2017 Top 50 3PLs: Investment and Consolidation Maintain Traction
The trend set over the past few years for mergers and acquisitions has hardly subsided, and a fresh...

The Evolution of the Digital Supply Chain
Everyone is talking about terms like digitization, Industry 4.0 and digital supply chain management,...
2017 Salary Survey: Fresh Voices Express Optimism
Our “33rd Annual Salary Survey” reflects more diversity entering the logistics management...