Port Corpus Christi Commission chairman, Charles W. Zahn, has announced that executive director John LaRue will retire at end of this year and will be succeeded by Sean Strawbridge, currently the Port’s deputy executive director and coo, who will take over as ceo from 1 January 2018.
John LaRue would step down from his duties as executive director on 1 January 2018, and officially retire from the Port in June 2019 and will serve in a senior advisory capacity to his successor.
“As part of the Port of Corpus Christi Authority Commission’s vision for the future, we pause to thank John LaRue for his outstanding leadership and steady hand over the last two decades,” said Zahn. “We have full confidence Sean will take the Port to new highs and new frontiers.”
John has led the Port of Corpus Christi since 1994, arriving at the Port from Philadelphia Regional Port Authority where he also served as Executive Director. Over his 23 year tenure, LaRue marshalled the Port of Corpus Christi from a regional Port Authority to what is now the fourth largest port in the United States in tonnage.
In his advisory role, LaRue will help Strawbridge settle into the role of ceo of the nation’s largest export port for US produced crude oil. Strawbridge arrived in Corpus Christi in 2015 after a national search for a successor to LaRue. Previously, Strawbridge worked at Oxbow Energy, Ports America Group, and the Port of Long Beach where he was the managing director of Port operations and trade development.
“I am confident the path we are on is the right one and I thank John for his continued support as we carry on his legacy,” said Strawbridge.
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