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Los Angeles launches global search for new port director

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An international search is on for a new executive director to run the Port of Los Angeles — five months after the previous manager said she was leaving. 

Former executive director Geraldine Knatz announced her retirement last October. Though she officially left at the end of the year, City Engineer Gary Lee Moore became the interim general manager last fall. A port spokesman says part of delay in launching the search was the process of nominating and confirming new members of seating of the Harbor Commission.

The search firm Ralph Andersen & Associates was selected in January and has been preparing for the selection process, according to the port spokesman. The firm will screen candidates while an ad hoc committee that includes Harbor Commission president Vilma Martinez and Commission vice president David Arian will oversee the recruitment process. 

"The Port of Los Angeles is a critical economic driver of our region and plays a central role in L.A.’s status as a global city and leading Pacific Rim trade gateway," Garcetti said in a statement.

"We are seeking a highly experienced and dynamic executive director with a strong track record of success – a true collaborator and visionary who can lead the port and advance our international trade efforts in the years ahead."

According to the port, 1 million California jobs are tied to its activities. 

The job has a salary range of $240,000 to $360,000. 

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