Crowley Restructures to Add Geographic Focus to Business Lines
Two Senior Executives to Take on New Challenges
(Jacksonville, Fla.; Nov. 28, 2007) – Crowley Maritime Corporation today announced a restructuring that will bring Rocky Smith from Jacksonville to Seattle to manage Crowley’s services in the Pacific/Alaska region, and John Douglass from Seattle to Jacksonville to run several Crowley services based in the Atlantic/Gulf region. Both executives will continue to report to Tom Crowley, chairman, president and CEO.
Smith has been named senior vice president and general manager, Pacific/Alaska, and will be responsible for petroleum distribution and sales throughout Alaska, tanker assist and escort services in Valdez and Prince William Sound, energy support services involving marine and all-terrain transportation on the North Slope, plus ship assist and escort services on the West Coast and contract towing and transportation in the Pacific and Alaska region. Douglass becomes senior vice president and general manager, Atlantic/Gulf, and will be responsible for petroleum transportation, international marine salvage and contract towing and transportation services in the Atlantic and Gulf region.
“This reorganization will build on a strong and effective leadership structure and bring our executives closer to our customers and employee teams,” Crowley said. “We are confident that these changes will result in enhanced customer focus, generate new creative and strategic thinking, and help us achieve additional efficiencies across our business lines.”
Reporting to Smith will be Bruce Harland, vice president, operations, Alaska; Craig Tornga, vice president, petroleum distribution, Alaska, and Chris Peterson, vice president, West Coast services.
Reporting to Douglass will be Vic Goldberg, vice president, marine operations, petroleum transportation; Bill Taylor, vice president, bulk petroleum and chemical transportation; Todd Busch, vice president, TITAN Salvage, Jim Shettig, vice president, East Coast and Gulf contract services, and John Ara, director of marine operations, Gulf of Mexico.
Smith, a 26-year Crowley veteran, most recently served as senior vice president and general manager, petroleum services, where he was responsible for Crowley’s combined oil and chemical transportation and Alaska fuel distribution business. He joined Crowley in 1981 on the West Coast and has held positions in oil transportation, harbor services, tanker services and operations before being named senior vice president and general manager for Crowley’s Marine Transport Lines subsidiary in 2002. Smith graduated from Pomona College in 1977 and earned an MBA degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986. He is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping.
Douglass has been with Crowley for 20 years, most recently serving as senior vice president and general manager, marine services, where he was responsible for ship assist and escort services, both commercial and government ship management, global contract marine services, Alaska North Slope services and salvage operations. Over the years, he has held numerous positions in sales, pricing and general management on the liner shipping side of the business, including overall management of Crowley’s Puerto Rico and Caribbean services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in San Francisco in 1892, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.
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