Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Horizon Lines, Inc. Appoints New General Manager for Puerto Rico

Horizon Lines, Inc. has appointed Geoffrey Thurston as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the company's Puerto Rico trade. Mr. Thurston will succeed Richard Rodriguez, who will become the Vice President Terminal Services. The new appointments will take effect December 2, 2013.

Mr. Thurston brings over 25 years of experience in the ocean transport sector and proven senior leadership in commercial strategy and operations. He most recently served as Vice President Commercial & Trades for Tropical Shipping, LTD, with commercial, operating and P&L responsibilities. His previous roles included VP/GM of Acquisitions and Business Development, Hispaniola trade management, and senior sales management positions at Tropical as well as the former Puerto Rico container shipping line Navieras, Inc.

"Geoff brings a comprehensive understanding of the market, strategies, and customers in the Puerto Rico trade," said Sam Woodward, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Horizon has made significant improvements in our Puerto Rico lane profitability in 2013, and I have great confidence in Geoff's ability to build on that momentum going forward."

Richard Rodriguez has accepted the newly created position of Vice President Terminal Services to oversee and optimize the value of the carrier's terminals throughout the company. Most recently, Richard served as Vice President and General Manager for Puerto Rico.

"Richard has successfully repositioned the Puerto Rico service under the toughest of market conditions, with revamped service offerings in the Northeast, Southeast and Gulf. Richard will bring his expertise to focus on new opportunities for Horizon's terminal operations in Puerto RicoHawaii and Alaska," said Bill Hamlin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.


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