ORE. (December 13, 2012) – Tsuruta Confirmed as Port Commissioner
Oregon State Senate has confirmed Gov. John Kitzhaber’s nomination of Tom
a new Port of Portland Commissioner. A Washington County resident, Tsuruta
currently is professor and executive in residence at Marylhurst University
and also serves as a senior advisor to Aeon Co. Ltd., a $60 billion-a-year
global retail conglomerate based in Tokyo, Japan.
to his current role with Aeon, Tsuruta served as executive vice president and
general manager, senior vice president, and as vice president of Aeon USA Inc.,
a US subsidiary of Aeon Co., Ltd.
currently serves on the board of Aeon USA Inc. as well as on the boards
of Agentrics, LLC and OnPoint Credit Union. He also is a member of the
National Association of Corporate Directors, the United States Tennis
Association, the Board of Visitors of Northwestern School of Law and the
Bordeaux Wine Enthusiast Club of America.
board memberships include Talbots Inc., a public company listed on the NYSE and
WWRE, a business to business exchange owned and operated by a number of large
global retailers including Ahold, Carrefour, Kroger, Safeway, Sears, Tesco,
Aeon, Lotte, Walgreens and CVS.
has a B.A. in English, and received his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law at
Lewis and Clark College.
brings a wealth of experience both as a businessman and as an advisor to
businesses and nonprofits across the country," said Governor Kitzhaber.
"His connections to Japan, one of Oregon's most important trading
partners, is also welcome, and I look forward to his service."
is the time in my life when I have a desire to give back,” said Tsuruta.
“This city has given me so much over the years, particularly during my
post-baccalaureate and graduate school years, providing me with a good
foundation to which I attribute much of my successful and enjoyable international
business experience of the past 20 plus years. I hope to be a positive
addition to the Commission and contribute to the Port’s business performance
and the critical role it plays in our region’s economy.”
will replace Commissioner Ken Allen who has served on the Commission since 2004
and whose current term has expired.
members of the Port Commission are: Jim Carter, Commission president; Steve
Corey, Commission vice president and a Pendleton attorney and sheep
rancher; Paul Rosenbaum, Commission treasurer and CEO and board chairman
of SWR Corporation; Diana Daggett, Commission secretary and American
region director of corporate affairs, Intel Corporation; Peter Bragdon,
vice president and general counsel, Columbia Sportswear Company; Tom
Chamberlain, president, Oregon AFL- CIO; Linda Pearce, chief
financial officer of Nautilus, Inc., and Bruce A. Holte, a longshoreman
and secretary/treasurer with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
nine-member commission sets Port policy during its monthly meetings. At least
two commissioners must each live in one of the three counties in the Port
district (Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties).
remaining members may live in any part of the state. Commissioners are unpaid
volunteers who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon
Senate. They serve four-year terms and can be reappointed. Commission
presidents are selected by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The
Commission appoints the Port's executive director.