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Zoraida Jirau Promoted to Director of Employee Programs and Development

(Jacksonville, Fla.; Oct. 15, 2003) – Zoraida Jirau has been promoted to director, employee programs and development for Crowley Maritime Corporation. She will relocate from South Florida to the company’s Jacksonville office and will report directly to Susan Rodgers, vice president of human resources.

In her new role, Jirau and her team of professionals will expand their roles to encompass not only employee training and development programs but also corporate-wide human resources practices and policies. She will be responsible for the design of other human resources processes such as performance management systems, leadership development, policy changes and new programs to meet the needs of business initiatives. The corporations employee assistance and drug compliance programs are also managed by Jirau.

Jirau joined Crowley’s Puerto Rico office in 1983 as manager, human resources, where she was responsible for managing human resources in the company’s three San Juan locations, as well as the Ponce, Puerto Rico, and St. Thomas, V.I., offices. In 1990, she relocated to the company’s Port Everglades office where she assumed the human resources responsibilities for all South Florida locations and the company’s offices in New Jersey, Louisiana, Georgia, and Illinois.

Jirau has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Interamerican University in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.

“Zoraida has been a constant in the ever-changing world of human resources through her 22 years with Crowley,” Rodgers said. “Her responsibilities have continued to expand as have her knowledge and skills. She will be a valuable asset in designing the future direction of human resource programs for all Crowley employees.”

Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corp., founded in 1892, is primarily a family- and employee-owned company engaged in worldwide logistics, liner services, contract towing and transportation, energy support services, ship assist and escort services, vessel management and petroleum and chemical marine transport. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at

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