Thomas B. Crowley, Jr.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Located in Oakland, CA
Thomas B. Crowley, Jr. has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1994, succeeding his father and grandfather in such roles dating back to the company’s founding in 1892. Today, Crowley is a U.S.-based, $2 billion-a-year marine solutions, energy and logistics services company with operations around the world.
Under Mr. Crowley’s leadership, the company is expanding into areas of opportunity such as logistics, government services, petroleum transportation and distribution, ship management, naval architecture and engineering, project management and LNG services. He has focused on building the company relative to its expertise on water, while leveraging other asset-light areas of expertise to develop a portfolio of businesses to serve customers that offers both strong integration and diversification of risk.
Mr. Crowley has recognized the government as a key customer for which the company is well suited to serve. In 2018, the company began executing a multi-year $2.3 billion Department of Defense Freight Transportation Services (DFTS) contract, one of the largest logistics contracts awarded by the U.S. government. Additionally, under his leadership Crowley has successfully completed a myriad of expeditionary logistics operations around the world, including Haiti (earthquake relief), West Africa (Ebola outbreak), U.S. Northeast (Hurricane Sandy), and Puerto Rico (Hurricane Maria).
In late 2017, Mr. Crowley directed the company’s largescale response to the aforementioned Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico. Within two hours of the U.S. Coast Guard reopening the port, a Crowley vessel arrived and began discharging critical commercial and relief cargoes. Over the next 182 days, Crowley unloaded more than 200 vessels with cargo consisting of nearly 40,000 commercial loads and 8,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) loads. In addition to food, water and other basic humanitarian and commercial supplies, Crowley transported and delivered more than 40,000 power poles; 7,000 electrical transformers; 10 million miles of wire and cable; and platforms and utility reconstruction equipment and vehicles to help rebuild the electrical infrastructure, which was devastated beyond repair in some areas. The company also handled multiple bridge sections and a 119,000-pound drill to support the roadway reconstruction efforts in the Utuado region.
Even more remarkable is that this mission was largely accomplished by more than 300 local employees who, along with their families, were reeling from the effects of the storm themselves. Mr. Crowley directed company- and employee-sponsored aid to workers and their families to help them recover. And, in an unprecedented gesture of appreciation, Crowley presented a Thomas Crowley award, the company’s highest honor, to the entire Puerto Rico team.
A staunch supporter of the American maritime industry, Mr. Crowley has invested billions of dollars during his tenure in the construction of American built tugboats, heavy-lift flat-deck barges, articulated tug barges (ATBs), tankers and now, LNG-powered ConRo ships for use in the U.S.-Puerto Rico trade, utilizing best-available technology with a focus on safety, environmental protection, performance and efficiency. And the company’s growth plans call for further investment in a variety of new vessels over the next several years.
Recognizing the importance of having knowledgeable, skilled and safe employees, Mr. Crowley has dedicated a significant amount of his attention to employee education, management training and other initiatives to build a collaborative, high-performance culture. He has placed safety at the center of everything the company does and is challenging employees to achieve the goal of doing zero harm to people, property and the environment.
Mr. Crowley holds a business finance degree from the University of Washington. Away from work Mr. Crowley lends his time and expertise to several organizations. He is on the board of directors of the World Shipping Council, an advisory board member at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, and a longstanding member of the Young Presidents Organization.