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Todd Rives Joins Port of New Orleans

[ February 11, 2021   //   ]

Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) recently welcomed Todd Rives to the executive team as Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. Rives’ maritime strategic business development and leadership experience, which includes 15 years with ocean carrier CMA CGM, will help Port NOLA fully realize current and future growth opportunities.

Most recently, Rives served as CMA CGM’s Vice President for Marine Sourcing, managing $1.7 billion in U.S. maritime operations, including contracts with key port authority terminals; stevedores; and various barge, vessel and tug operators. He developed and oversaw a $10 million Terminal Agility cost savings program and also facilitated new Transpacific and Latin America service opportunities to ensure commercial requirements with best-in-class cost and service agreements.

Rives has previous roles in both domestic and international markets for CMA CGM in South Africa, Nigeria, France and Canada as well as in Norfolk, Virginia home to CMA CGM’s US headquarters. He engineered CMA CGM’s “Victory Bridge” service looping and connecting Europe, Mexico and the US Gulf, including Port NOLA. He has also led strategic planning, vendor evaluation, negotiation efforts and cost analysis for CMA CGM Group, a company with more than $30 billion in worldwide container shipping, transportation and freighting group with more than 420 ports spanning more than 150 nations.

Rives succeeds Bobby Landry, who will retire after 31 years with the port. During his tenure as Chief Commercial Officer, Port NOLA’s cargo volumes have grown dramatically, with container volumes more than doubling over the last ten years. Prior to COVID-19 impacts, cruise was on track to triple cruise passenger movements in 2020 over 2010. Landry has been responsible for Port NOLA’s revenue-producing activities, including cargo and maritime leases, cruise and tourism, industrial real estate and vessel berthing. He worked closely with State and local economic development agencies to increase maritime-related investment in New Orleans and Louisiana, focusing on increasing Port business by means of customer outreach, new service developments and joint venture opportunities.

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