Gene Seroka is the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest container port
in North America. He was nominated by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on May 27, 2014,
and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on June 11, 2014.
As Executive Director, Seroka is responsible for managing a more than $1 billion budget,
advancing major capital projects, growing trade volumes and promoting innovative,
sustainable practices that strengthen the region’s economy. His duties involve interacting
with a wide range of stakeholders, including Port customers around the globe, industry
partners, elected and appointed officials at all levels, harbor area residents and business
leaders. He has been appointed to the following national committees at the federal level to
enhance the speed and efficiency of cargo movement and supply chain optimization: U.S.
Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness; U.S.
Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Port Performance Freight Statistics
Working Group; U.S. Maritime Administration Marine Transportation System National
Advisory Committee; and Federal Maritime Commission Supply Chain Innovation Team.
Seroka brings more than 28 years of experience in shipping, global logistics and executive
management. After several key overseas positions for American President Lines (APL)
Limited, he returned to the U.S. in 2010 to become President – Americas for the shipping
line in Phoenix where he managed APL’s Liner Shipping business, including 1,000
employees, and was responsible for all commercial, port terminal, intermodal, land
transportation and labor activities throughout the region.
Seroka joined APL in 1988 as a sales support representative in the company’s Cincinnati
office after earning an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of New
Orleans. Over the years, he has held various positions in sales and management with
increasing responsibility and high-level assignments all over the world. Throughout his
career, he played a key role in global marketing and corporate strategies for APL.
Seroka’s first overseas posting was in Shanghai where he served as Director of Sales and
Marketing for North and Central China from 1999 to 2003. He then moved to Jakarta where
he was President Director of PT APL and APL Logistics in Indonesia for two years before
relocating to Singapore in 2005 to become Vice President of APL Logistics’ business units in
26 countries in the company’s Asia/Middle East and South Asia regions. From 2008 to 2010,
he served as Vice President for APL and APL Logistics Emirates LLC in Dubai where he
managed APL’s business in the Middle East and East Africa Region