Gurrad, former MOL executive, passes
John A. Gurrad, former vice president for business planning and e-commerce for MOL (America), died June 2. He was 68.
Gurrad's 37-year career in the shipping industry included 10 years at MOL as vice president in Concord, Calif. He joined MOL in August 1998 and retired October 2008.
'Gurrad was a valued and highly respected member of the MOL team, and directed MOL's business planning activities, advertising and marketing communications, and business process management,' the company said in a statement. 'Under his guidance, MOL received numerous industry awards for marketing and advertising excellence.'
Before joining MOL, Gurrad spent 19 years at APL in Oakland, Calif., in various senior management roles, eventually serving as assistant to the chairman from 1995 to 1998. His career also included positions as senior economist for Matson Research Corp., Manalytics and Teknekron, and manager of project financing for Kaiser Engineers.
He was also active in the Bay Area community and served as a board member for both the Oakland Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Oakland International Trade Center.
Gurrad is survived by wife, Carol; their three daughters Alexis Hinds, Alison Atkinson, and Courtney Barnes; and five grandchildren.