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Port of Long Beach will name Jon Slangerup as next Chief Executive

Jon Slangerup, a former executive with FedEx Canada, will run the Port of Long Beach
Jon Slangerup, a former executive with FedEx Canada, will run the Port of Long Beach
courtesy Port of Long Beach

A former President of FedEx Canada has been recommended to run the Port of Long Beach.  

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is scheduled to vote Monday to name Jon W. Slangerup as the Port of Long Beach’s new Chief Executive. 

A statement announcing the selection called Slangerup "a veteran corporate executive with extensive experience in global logistics and environmental technologies."  

“With a strong operational and environmental track record, we’re confident that Jon can move us ahead as the Best Green Seaport in the world while providing experienced leadership in developing advanced cargo-handling technology and infrastructure,” said Harbor Commission President Doug Drummond in the statement.  

Slangerup will succeed former Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle, who left the port nearly a year ago for a similar position at the Port of Oakland.  The port's Chief Harbor Engineer Al Moro has served as Interim Executive Director since then. 

“We undertook a rigorous and thorough review process,” noted Commissioner Lori Ann Farrell, who chaired the Port’s search committee in a national review coordinated by executive search firm Boyden.  “In Jon we found the ideal combination of leadership, vision and execution that we need to take us strongly into the next decade.”

The statement credits Slangerup with transforming FedEx Canada from a small regional domestic courier operation into Canada’s leading international express logistics company.  Since FedEx, he has served as a CEO and board director of environmental technology companies providing leading-edge solutions in marine ballast water treatment and renewable energy. 

“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,” said Slangerup in the statement.  

“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,” Slangerup said.   

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach together form the busiest port complex in the U.S.  For months, both ports were looking for permanent chief executives when Geraldine Knatz left the Port of LA in December.    In late May, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed shipping executive Gene Seroka to head the Port of L.A. and he was confirmed by the City Council two weeks later.