(Jacksonville, Fla.; Sept. 15, 2009) — Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that effective October 1, Steve Demeroutis will assume the role of vice president, labor relations, replacing Jerry Dowd, who is retiring after 25 years of service. Demeroutis is domiciled in Jacksonville and reports to Bill Pennella, vice chairman and executive vice president.
In his new position, Demeroutis will be responsible for the development and implementation of Crowley’s overall labor strategy. He will also oversee contract negotiations, union relationships and the day-to-day administration of collective bargaining agreements throughout the entire Crowley organization and will have functional responsibility for labor relations for all Crowley subsidiaries. Reporting to Demeroutis will be both East and West Coast labor functions.
“Steve has an extensive background in labor negotiations and conflict resolution and has developed a reputation in the maritime industry as a true professional with the highest integrity,” Pennella said. “We are glad to have such a distinguished professional assuming the reigns of our labor relations department.”
Demeroutis joined Crowley in 2007 as director of labor relations. He has more than 15 years of experience in labor relations including his prior position as vice president, United Inland Group of the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots. He served as a trustee for several different employee health and benefits plans and has conducted educational seminars for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. He received his Master’s license in 1986 and sailed as Master and First Class Pilot with the Washington State ferries.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 117-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately-held family and employee-owned company. The company 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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