The Long Beach Port Board of Commissioners approved the appointment of CEOs on Commercial Services offices yandStrategic Defense on Call Puerto de Long Beach.
Casey Hehr, director of the Port Security Division will hold the leadership role of Office of Commercial Services which consists of Business Development, Tenant Services, Information Managemen,t and Security divisions.
In a newly created position, Eleanor Torres, Port Government Relations Directorlead to Strategic Defense Office along with the Government Relations and Communications and Community Relations divisions.
The organizational change will bring together the functions and activities of government advocacy, public communication ,and workforce development, telling the story of one of North America’s busiest ports within a strategic framework.
“The cargo movement industry is in a time of dynamic change as ports around the world seek more efficient ways to move cargo, engage more closely with the communities we serve, and reduce operational effects on the environment,” said Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, Mario Cordero.
“Casey and Eleanor understand the importance of these goals to the Port of Long Beach and the collaboration between internal and external stakeholders that we need to achieve our organizational goals,” he added.
“A big part of this business is relationships, and Casey and Eleanor are experienced principals here who know the needs of our business partners, government ,and industry,” said the Long Beach Port Commission Chairman Bobby Olvera Jr..
“We look forward to your contributions to Port of Choice as we continue to be leaders in sustainable development and operational excellence,” he added.
Hehr joined the Port of Long Beach in October 2016 as deputy director of the Security Services Division. He was named director in August 2018.Beforeo his position at the Port, Hehr served in the US Coast Guard for more than 20 years, retiring as Chief of Operations and Response for Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the US Coast Guard Academy and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.
Torres has been the director of the Port’s Government Relations Division since December 2019.Beforeo that, he worked for 12 years at the Orange County Water District, where he was the Director of Public Affairs.Beforeo working at the water district, he spent 10 years working for the California Legislature, including serving as district director for then-Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer. Torres earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College in Massachusetts.