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Crowley Promotes Julia Shemesh to Vice President and Deputy General Counsel


(SEATTLE, April 9, 2012) ­– Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that Julia Shemesh has been promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel. Shemesh will remain in Seattle, Wash., and will continue reporting to Michael Roberts, senior vice president and general counsel, who works out of Crowley’s corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla.  

In her new role, Shemesh will primarily be responsible for providing advice and support on legal issues affecting company business on the West Coast, including petroleum distribution, marine solutions, and harbor ship assist and tanker escort services. She will also play an active role assisting in the continued expansion of Jensen Maritime, a Crowley subsidiary specializing in full-service naval architecture and marine engineering services.

“Julia has done a remarkable job as corporate counsel and is a key member of the Crowley team,” said Roberts. He noted Shemesh’s energy and focus on simplifying the contracting process, and offering creative solutions in several projects.

“I truly enjoy working with each business unit and its leaders, and I’m looking forward to assisting them from a more strategic perspective,” said Shemesh. “My goal is to help them continue to grow their businesses and reach their objectives while minimizing risk to the corporation.”

Prior to joining Crowley as senior corporate counsel in 2009, Shemesh practiced with Allen & Overy, where she specialized in corporate law and advised on mergers, acquisitions, privatizations, initial public offerings and project financing for clients, including many in the oil and gas industry. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and received a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 120-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides project solutions, 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: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its TITAN Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; 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


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