Saturday, November 2, 2013

Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on Selection of John F. Reinhart as New Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority

Port of Virginia's Norfolk International Termi...
Port of Virginia's Norfolk International Terminal (NIT) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement today regarding the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners’ selection of John F. Reinhart as the VPA’s new Executive Director.

“In April, following consideration of the PPTA proposals for port operations, I stated that one of the first tasks the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners must complete was to install a permanent management team and select a new Executive Director to oversee the reorganization of the VPA’s relationship with its operator Virginia International Terminals.  Today, I am pleased that the Board has completed this step with the selection of John Reinhart as the VPA’s new Executive Director.

John brings a wealth of experience to the Port of Virginia, having served in a variety of executive level capacities within the maritime industry over the past 20 years.  Most recently, he served as President of Maersk Line Limited (MLL). From 2000 to 2004 he served as Chief Executive Officer of MLL.  MLL – headquartered in Norfolk – is the largest employer of American mariners.  John began his career with Maersk in 1991, before leaving to serve as General Manager of Maintenance and Repair, General Manager of Operations and eventually President of Universal Marine Services. He returned to Maersk in 1996 as a Regional Director and then as Senior Vice President.  During this period, he was responsible for commercial activities of the company, including sales, customer service and marketing for North America.

John is also actively involved in the Hampton Roads community and knows the area and its challenges and opportunities well.  He currently serves as First Vice President of the Greater Norfolk Corporation and is on the board of the Hampton Roads Partnership.  John is involved with a number of maritime associations and has received numerous awards for his service to the industry.

John’s vast experience in the maritime industry, and his longstanding involvement in the Hampton Roads community, make him ideally suited to lead the Virginia Port Authority.  The reforms implemented by our Administration and the Board of Commissioners are beginning to pay dividends, as the port continues to see record growth.  However, much work remains to be done to ensure that the Port of Virginia is the most cost-effective and efficient port on the East Coast so that we can utilize its natural advantages to grow cargo volumes and create more good jobs.

John is the right person for this critically important position, and I look forward to working with him throughout the remainder of my term in office.”
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