FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PORTLAND, ORE. (APR. 10,
2012) – Degens to Lead Business
Development for Port
has been promoted to General Manager Marine and Terminal Business Development
for the Port of Portland. In this new role, he will head a group responsible
for retaining and recruiting business at the Port's marine facilities. The move
follows a recent reorganization of staff aimed at an increased emphasis on
customers, efficiency and business development.
organizational structure evolves, we wanted someone in this position with a
solid understanding of the business who strongly values our customer
relationships," said Sam Ruda, Chief Commercial Officer for the Port of
Portland. "Given his wealth of expertise and experience, he really was the
perfect fit for the job."
Prior to this
appointment, Degens had been Marine Planning and Development Manager. He has
established a long track record with the Port, having started as a land
development planning intern in 1984, after graduating from Portland State
University with a Masters degree in urban planning. Over the past 28 years, he
has gained experience in planning and development positions across all business
lines of the port including aviation, marine, navigation and properties.
Degens worked on
the Columbia River channel deepening for most of his career from 1988 to its
completion in 2010. During his tenure, he was responsible for a large part of
the design and planning for the road and rail systems in Rivergate Industrial
District and at Terminal 6. His work was instrumental to the expansion of the
potash export facility at Terminal 5 and construction of the Hyundai vehicle
import facility at Terminal 6. These projects have made the Port more
competitive while helping customers grow in Portland.
"I have spent my
career building facilities and infrastructure for the port, and now I will get
a chance to work with the customers to maximize the benefits of utilizing that
infrastructure to its fullest potential," said Degens. "I look forward to
working collaboratively with my new team to grow the maritime business for
Active within the
industry, Degens has served as Chair of the Harbors, Navigation and Environment
Committee for the American Association of Port Authorities. He has also served
as President of the Board of Directors for the Merchants Exchange of Portland,
which monitors and reports vessel activity on the river system.
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the Port of Portland
in 1891 by the Oregon Legislature, the Port of Portland owns four marine
terminals, three airports (Portland International, Hillsboro, and Troutdale)
and five industrial parks. The mission of the Port is to enhance the region's
economy and quality of life by providing efficient cargo and air passenger
access to national and global markets.