H.S. “Smitty” Thorne will serve as deputy director and chief operating officer of Alabama State Port Authority, with direct oversight of the daily functions of the Port of Mobile, Director and CEO James K. Lyons announced.
Thorne has more than 40 years of maritime experience. He worked for 29 years at Ryan-Walsh Inc., ending his career there as division vice president of operations, before moving to Jackson-Kearney Group where he eventually became the operations vice president of warehousing and freight forwarding visions, as well as the stevedoring operation at the Port of New Orleans.
He joined ASPA in 2000, with increasing responsibility since then.