Jaxport Board Approves New CEO

Jaxport Board Approves New CEO

The Jacksonville Port Authority's board of directors on Wednesday formally approved the selection of former Federal Maritime Commissioner A. Paul Anderson as its new chief executive officer.

The board unanimously approved Anderson's selection as the top candidate for the position on Dec. 17, 2010, following an international search. Contract negotiations were successfully completed in the last few days.

Anderson will assume his new position on Jan. 17, succeeding Chris Kauffman, the agency's chief operating officer, who has been interim CEO since Rick Ferrin stepped down last April.

Anderson served on the Federal Maritime Commission from 2003-2008 and has held a number of other high-profile leadership positions in the public and private sectors during his nearly 30-year career.

Most recently, he was a senior fellow of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee at the U.S. House of Representatives and president of the International Oil Shipping Company based in Boca Raton, Fla.

Anderson spent 10 years with JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automobile business headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla. JM Family Enterprises operates Southeast Toyota at Jaxport's Talleyrand Marine Terminal. He has also served as a senior director of Seabulk Marine, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

-- Contact Peter T. Leach at pleach@joc.com.