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New CEO for PRPA

[ July 21, 2016   //   ]

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority Board of Directors has selected global transportation executive Jeff Theobald as PRPA’s new CEO. Theobald, who served most recently as the president and CEO for Ports America Outer Harbor Terminal, LLC, replaces James T. McDermott, Jr., who retired from PRPA in April.  Theobald will assume his new duties in August.
“Jeff Theobald is a seasoned maritime industry executive with a proven track record,” said Gerard H. Sweeney, PRPA chairman.  “He has extensive expertise in terminal operations, international supply chains, strategic planning, contract negotiations, and financial control and will prove invaluable in overseeing port growth plans.  He has excellent strategic vision and is joining at the right time, as so many projects and initiatives at the Port of Philadelphia are coming to fruition.”
As president and CEO for Ports America Outer Harbor, Theobald was responsible for a 200-acre container terminal facility in the San Francisco area, which included oversight of 50 management staff and over 200 union employees.  He was responsible for all management functions, including operations, finance, planning, cost improvement, labor, customer relations, health, safety, environment, and contract negotiations. He designed strategic plans for both the commercial account and capital investment sides of the business.
Prior to his time at Ports America, Theobald held several senior level maritime industry positions, most notably as a senior executive for ocean carrier APL, LTD, where he started in port terminal management and ultimately rose to the rank of senior vice president of Global Operations, Networks and Terminals.  While at APL, Theobald held senior positions in North America as well as several Asian locations.  As senior vice president, Theobald was integral to all aspects of APL’s worldwide operations, including negotiations with port authorities, terminal operators, railroads, and labor; port investments; establishment of worldwide shipping routes; oversight of all operational functions; and direct management of over 150 employees.