Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle has announced that maritime industry leader John C. Driscoll has named as the port’s new maritime director.
“We are positioned to expand our maritime business and we are fortunate to have John, a proven leader in the industry, join our senior management team at this time of tremendous opportunity,” said Lytle.
“John’s private sector experience in maritime operations, marketing and sales will help us grow
our business, which will ultimately benefit our business partners, customers and community.”
Driscoll most recently served as vice president of export sales at CMA CGM (America) LLC, a leading global container shipping group. He started work on Jan. 27.
As Director of Maritime, Driscoll is responsible for building and growing maritime business through efficient operations, stakeholder engagement and strategic planning. He will oversee the full range of maritime operations including administration, finance, customer service, planning and development, and seaport security.
With more than 30 years of commercial experience in international maritime transportation, he has worked for Sea-Land Service, Maersk Line and CMA CGM. He served in an executive with CMA CGM since 2005.
He successfully led the expansion and development of the company’s interests in the Caribbean, Central America, and Northern South America, producing double-digit growth on average each year. In 2008, he was promoted to senior vice president where he oversaw sales, trade, and marketing for the company’s entire U.S. operations.
Driscoll began his career with Sea-Land Service in 1980 serving in a variety of sales and operations positions with Sea-Land’s Atlantic Division. In 1999, he served as general manager of Sales and Customer Service for Central America until Maersk purchased Sea-land where he had general management responsibility leading their activities in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Driscoll is a native of Bethesda, Maryland. He attended the University of Maryland and graduated with a B.S. in Business Management with an emphasis in transportation and marketing. He is married and has three sons.