New Interim Executive Director for Port of L.A.

SAN PEDRO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Bruce E. Seaton to the position of interim executive director for the Port of Los Angeles while a search is being conducted to fill the chief executive vacancy. Seaton will oversee the day-to-day operations and internal management of the nation's number one containerport following the resignation of Larry A. Keller on September 17. Seaton most recently served as Port chief operating officer, a position he held since December 1998.

"The Board applauds Mr. Seaton for stepping up and taking the helm while the Port repositions itself during this transition period," said Harbor Commission President Nicholas Tonsich. "He's a natural leader."

A 25-year veteran at the Port of Los Angeles, Seaton rose through the engineering ranks, ultimately becoming chief harbor engineer and director of construction management in 1989.

Seaton is a Wilmington native and is a registered engineer in the State of California. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Long Beach.