Global Aviation Holdings has named John Graber its new chief executive officer.
During his career, Graber has been creditd with leading successful turnarounds for several major companies. He most recently served as president of CHC Helicopter Services, where he grew revenues and simplified the corporate structure. Prior to that, he was president of ABX Air.
Charlie McDonald will continue to serve as president.
Global Aviation Holdings is the parent company of North American Airlines and World Airways.
The port commission of Port Freeport elected John Hoss as its new chairman.
Hoss has spent his career in the maritime industry. Since 1997, he has been a principle in Freeport Launch, delivering supplies to ships in the region and servicing the offshore oil and seismic industry. Since 1999, he has been an active member of Brazosport Marine Advisory Team (BMAT), a group which deals with planning emergency response activities in the Brazosport harbor area.
As chairman, Hoss will also serve as the leader of the Brazos Harbor Industrial Development Corp. and the Pilot Board.
Paul Kresta was elected as port commission vice chairman.
Great Lakes vessel operator Rand Logistics has appointed Laurence Levy as executive chairman, with responsibilities that include overseeing corporate strategy and organization building.
He formerly served as chairman and chief executive officer of Rand. Rand's CEO position will remain unfilled, the company said.
Rand also named John Binion, a recently appointed independent director, to both its audit and compensation committees.
"When Rand was formed in 2004, it was a shell with $25 million of equity. At the time of the 2006 acquisition of Lower Lakes, it operated six of our current vessels and generated annual pro-forma EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) of less than $6 million. Today, our enterprise value is approximately $275 million, we operate 16 vessels, we carry about 23 million tons of material annually and we are amongst the largest shippers on the Great Lakes,” Levy said.
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