The Board of Harbor Commissioners appointed Duane Kenagy interim chief executive at the Port of Long Beach to replace Jon Slangerup, who is leaving Oct. 28 to become chief executive of an aviation technology company in Canada.
Kenagy joined the port in 2014 and is the port’s capital programs executive, overseeing about $4.5 billion in construction and improvement projects, a news release said. Current work includes replacing Gerald Desmond Bridge and redeveloping the Middle Harbor container terminal.
Kenagy’s salary will be $275,000 in the interim slot. Port officials said he wouldn’t be a candidate for permanent appointment.
The Harbor Commission plans to issue a request for proposals to select a firm to conduct an international search for a new port chief.
The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles combined handle about 40 percent of U.S. imports.
Paul Eakins is a reporter at our sister publication, the Los Angeles Business Journal.