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Crowley Announces Organizational Changes within Logistics Services Group

07/10/2009 08:30 am

(Jacksonville, Fla.; July 10, 2009) — To improve organizational effectiveness and enhance the company's customer centric philosophy, Crowley today announced several management changes within its logistics services group.

Robert (Bob) Weist has been promoted to vice president of sales and will be responsible for all business development functions and North American transportation services, including trucking and rail. He remains domiciled in Jacksonville and reports to Steve Collar, senior vice president and general manager, logistics.

Collar said Weist will help develop an actionable marketing plan and sales strategy, while ensuring that Crowley continues to provide value-added customer solutions. Frank Griffin will assume Weist's prior responsibilities for day-to-day management of Crowley's North American transportation services. Tony Menendez will now report to Weist and will take on a new role as director of sales for Latin America and the Caribbean. Crowley sales executives Don Hire, Jim Galvin and Ronald Leao will also report to Weist.

Carlos Rice has been named vice president of operations and supply chain management and will oversee all freight services, warehousing and logistics operations. "With Rice responsible for the entire supply chain, he will be able to concentrate on building infrastructure required to expand Crowley's logistics capabilities, and providing cost effective services where they are most needed by customers," Collar said. He will remain domiciled in Miami.

Ron Stalvey, Crowley's general manager of logistics services, will now oversee all pricing functions within the logistics group. Collar said the consolidation of pricing will allow Stalvey to proactively focus on obtaining favorable rates from ocean and air service providers and on making pricing readily available to Crowley sales executives and ultimately to customers.

In a shared-resource role, Craig Cox, director of marketing, will now also oversee the logistics group's marketing efforts while continuing to support several other Crowley business groups.

Miguel Artiga, vice president, Central America, continues to oversee all aspects of Crowley's logistics sales and operations in Central America. Ken Black continues to support each of the groups as director of supply chain operations. Pat Compres, continues as vice president and general manager of Customized Brokers, a Crowley company specializing in the customs clearance of fresh fruit and produce into the United States. Tony Otero, director of finance, continues to support Crowley's liner services and logistics groups.

"These improvements to our organizational structure reflect a desire to better align our logistics capabilities with our business development and operations functions to be more customer centric," Collar said. "I'm confident we will be even more responsive and accountable to our customers, which will fuel our overall growth and success."

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 117-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com .

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