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Executive Moves: Ports tap leaders

Sam Ruda becomes the interim director for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; Clark Robertson joins the Port of Corpus Christi as chief operating officer.

   The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has named Sam Ruda interim port director.
    Ruda had been the deputy director of business development and strategy. He joined the port authority in 2017 after a 25-year career in transportation that included 12 years in senior management at the Port of Portland. 
   He replaced Molly Campbell, who earlier announced she was leaving the port authority to accept a 2019 fellowship with Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative.
   The port authority said it had initiated a national search for a permanent director. Meanwhile, Ruda will work closely with the newly named team of general managers and deputy general managers at the New York and New Jersey marine terminals.

   The Port of Corpus Christi has appointed Clark Robertson as its chief operating officer, a position last held by Chief Executive Officer Sean Strawbridge.
   Robertson previously served as the vice president of business and e-business for Jacksonville, Fla.-based CSX Transportation. He also held management roles at ProLogis and Cherokee Investments.
   In his new role, Robertson will oversee the port’s engineering services, environmental planning and compliance, operations, and safety and security functions and personnel.

Kim Link Wills

Senior Editor Kim Link-Wills has written about everything from agriculture as a reporter for Illinois Agri-News to zoology as editor of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Her work has garnered awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Magazine Association of the Southeast. Prior to serving as managing editor of American Shipper, Kim spent more than four years with XPO Logistics.