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Crowley says restructuring essential to compete

Company veteran Steve Collar will lead the integrated organization as senior vice president and general manager.

Crowley says restructuring essential to compete

Company veteran Steve Collar will lead the integrated organization as senior vice president and general manager.

Crowley says restructuring essential to compete

Company veteran Steve Collar will lead the integrated organization as senior vice president and general manager.

 
   Crowley Maritime Corp. announced Wednesday that it will complete the merger of its liner services group into Crowley Logistics on Jan. 1 under the leadership of Steve Collar, senior vice president and general manager.
   The Crowley Logistics business unit provides a singular source for customers to receive end-to-end services, including ocean, land and air transportation; commercial transportation management; supply chain and distribution services; freight forwarding and warehousing; and cargo risk and customs compliance, the company said.
   “This restructuring is essential for us to compete more effectively in our markets while providing clarity to our customers and business partners that we are a fully integrated logistics organization with a focus on our customers’ supply chains,” said Tom Crowley, company chairman and CEO. “We add a lot more value when we help customers increase the velocity of their supply chains and reduce their landed costs.
   “We have been moving in this direction for a while, and with the pending retirement of John Hourihan at the end of this year, this is an opportunity to restructure,” Crowley said.
   Hourihan is senior vice president and general manager of Puerto Rico services, and Crowley said he has been a major contributor to the company’s success for the past 31 years. Most recently he oversaw the delivery and deployment of the first of two new LNG-powered ConRo ships and the transformation of the Crowley’s San Juan, Puerto Rico terminal.

   Collar will have responsibility for all aspects of the Crowley Logistics organization — now a $1 billion-a-year enterprise — including commercial, operations, offshore and financial.
   Collar joined Crowley in 1977 and has worked in a wide variety of roles and businesses within the company, holding leadership roles in engineering, cargo services, technical services, terminal operations and marine and petroleum operations. He most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of international services.
   Integrating liner services into logistics was planned as part of a corporate restructuring announced earlier this year that yielded four business units: Crowley Fuels, Crowley Solutions, Crowley Shipping and Crowley Logistics.
U.S. LNG exports to the EU have increased by 53 percent since July, and soya beans imports from the U.S. to the EU have increased by 100 percent.
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