The Waterways Council picked Mike Toohey, a former assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation, to be the next president and CEO of the trade association for the barge towing industry and its ports.
Toohey follows Cornel Martin, who announced his resignation last spring and departed at the end of June.
The council’s board has scheduled a special meeting Aug. 2 to finalize Toohey’s selection.
Rick Calhoun, chairman and president of Cargill Marine & Terminal and Waterways Council chairman, said Toohey’s “vast industry and government affairs experience, leadership and strategic vision” would benefit the navigation industry in his new role.
Most recently Toohey has been a consultant with The Livingston Group’s transportation, shipbuilding, shipping and ports practice. Earlier, he was vice president of government affairs for Ashland, a chemicals, energy and construction company, where he worked for 19 years.
Under President George H. W. Bush, Toohey was assistant transportation secretary in 1992 and 1993, and before that had been Republican staff director on U.S. House committees for transportation and merchant marine issues.