Leonard D. Waterworth was appointed to executive director of the Port of Houston Authority during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday.
Waterworth had served as interim executive director since Jan. 30. Prior to that, he had been president and chief executive officer of Dannenbaum Engineering Corp., a Texas-based engineering-consulting firm. He has also been district engineer commander of the Army Corps of Engineers District in Galveston.
“When the need to search for an executive director arose five months ago, we were fortunate in that we didn’t have to look far to find the right fit,” said James T. Edmonds, chairman of the port commission. “I don’t think we could have found anybody in the nation better suited for this position.”
Edmonds said the port authority felt a need to fill the top position quickly because of priorities on the near horizon, such as widening and deepening the Bayport and Barbours Cut ship channels, modernizing facilities to serve bigger vessels, and preparing for the Panama Canal expansion. — Chris Dupin