Tay Yoshitani, CEO of the Port of Seattle, has promoted Kurt Beckett to the role of deputy CEO.
Beckett will be primarily responsible for port infrastructure development and internal operations. He will direct the port’s public affairs, organizational performance, small business development, social responsibility, law enforcement and capital development teams.
Beckett has served as Yoshitani’s chief of staff since 2010. He joined the port in 2007 as director of external affairs after senior staff roles with Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and former Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash.
The move will allow Yoshitani to focus exclusively on business development, attracting new shipping lines and air services to Seattle and advancing policy issues regarding the port’s competitiveness, according to the port. Yoshitani will continue to directly oversee Sea-Tac International Airport and the organization’s real estate holdings. He will also continue to manage the port’s finances and budget and work closely with the port commission on internal audit matters. This fall, Yoshitani will assume the role of chairman of the board of the American Association of Port Authorities.