The Port of Virginia’s long search for a new executive director and chief executive officer came to an end today with the appointment of John Reinhart to that position.
Reinhart, who is currently CEO of Maersk Line, Limited, will take over from Rodney W. Oliver, the agency’s chief financial officer, who has held the position on an interim basis since September 2012, when former Executive Director Jerry Bridges resigned.
Reinhart will be the fourth person to hold the lead role at the Virginia Port Authority since the state’s Hampton Roads container terminals were unified under the VPA flag in 1982.
Reinhart’s appointment was announced today by the VPA’s board of commissioners in a special meeting.
Reinhart brings more than 20 years of diverse maritime experience to the Virginia Port Authority. He joined Maersk Inc. in human resources in 1991. A year later, he joined Maersk affiliate Universal Maritime Services, where he was general manager of maintenance and repair, general manager of operations and eventually president.
Reinhart returned to Maersk Inc. in 1996 as a regional director and then as senior vice president. During this period, he was responsible for commercial activities of the company, including sales, customer service and marketing for North America.
Reinhart was named CEO of Maersk Line, Limited, the U.S-flag subsidiary of A.P. Moller-Maersk, in 2000 and awarded the concurrent title of president in 2004. He has also been a member of MLL’s Board of Directors for the last 14 years.
Reinhart received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio University and earned his MBA from the University of Michigan in 1997.