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CEO DATELINE — All aboard: Big governance changes at ports group

Oct. 16, 2020

By William Ehart

The American Association of Port Authorities has restructured and shrunk its former 45-member board of directors to just 11 people.

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AAPA also extended board member terms to two years and eliminated its “duplicative” 12-member executive committee. The group said in a statement this week that the move was approved last month at its annual membership meeting.

“Restructuring and modernizing AAPA’s board of directors (will) vastly improve the association’s ability with regard to policymaking and other governance issues, enabling us to be more nimble, efficient and effective as a hemispheric membership association,” AAPA CEO Christopher Connor said in the statement.

“In reducing the size of our board, we still have a diversity of ports of varying sizes and geographic locations represented,” he said. “I think we’ve struck just the right balance so all voices of our member ports will be heard in crafting AAPA policy and programs, both now and in the years to come.”

The association’s membership also agreed to restrict to two the number of board positions available to any of the association’s seven board-represented geographic regions and special representation areas, and also require that only port CEOs or their equivalent be able to serve on the board.