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JAXPORT Board of Directors approves selection of top candidate for CEO

December 17, 2010

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) Board of Directors today voted unanimously to approve the commencement of contract negotiations with former Federal Maritime Commissioner A. Paul Anderson to fill the role of JAXPORT Chief Executive Officer.

A selection committee comprised of JAXPORT’s Executive Officers ranked Anderson No. 1 following interviews with five candidates presented by an international executive search firm. Two candidates have since withdrawn from consideration for the CEO position, leaving a ranked list of three viable candidates.

In addition to his 2004-2008 service to the Federal Maritime Commission, Anderson has held a number of high-profile leadership positions in both the public and private sector arenas. Most recently, he was president of the International Oil Shipping Company based in Boca Raton, Florida and is a former Senior Fellow of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee at the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to his appointment to the Maritime Commission, Anderson spent a decade with JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automobile business headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, with an operation, Southeast Toyota, operating through JAXPORT’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal. He has also served as a Senior Director with Seabulk Marine.

“We are pleased to have three extremely qualified candidates to consider,” said JAXPORT Board Chairman Dave Kulik following the vote. “My fellow selection committee members and I separately came to the conclusion that Paul’s breadth of experience is ideally suited to the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead. Today’s collective discussion and the full Board’s approval now pave the way for the next steps in the process. I look forward to the successful conclusion of this contract negotiation period in the near future.”

JAXPORT is an independent agency responsible for the development of public seaport facilities in Jacksonville. JAXPORT owns three cargo facilities, a cruise terminal and a public river ferry. According to a 2009 study, Jacksonville’s port generates 65,000 jobs and more than $19 billion dollars in annual economic impact for the North Florida region.

The vision of the Jacksonville Port Authority is to be a major economic engine for Northeast Florida by continuing to be a premier diversified port in the Southeastern United States with connections to major trade lanes throughout the world.

For more information, please contact:
Nancy Rubin
Director, Communications
Jacksonville Port Authority
(904) 357-3012

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