(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.: Dec. 4, 2008) Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that Jim Gillen has been promoted to vice president of engineering for the company’s petroleum services, marine services and petroleum distribution groups. Gillen, who remains domiciled in Jacksonville, now reports to both John Douglass, senior vice president and general manager, Atlantic/Gulf services, and Rocky Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Pacific/Alaska services.
Reporting to Gillen under Crowley’s unified group of engineering support are Bill Metcalf, responsible for directing West Coast engineering including all of Alaska; Paul Vidal, responsible for directing East Coast ATB and Gulf Coast engineering; and Ray Mann, responsible for managing Crowley’s four, ocean-going tankers.
“Jim’s background in port engineering and terminal and marine operations makes him a valuable asset to the engineering team,” said Tom Crowley, chairman, president and CEO. “This promotion continues our strategy of leveraging the expertise of our people across business lines to better facilitate the company’s growth.”
Gillen joined Crowley in 1981 as an engineer trainee aboard a Crowley vessel. He was promoted to chief engineer a year later and moved ashore as assistant port engineer in 1983. Throughout his career, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, marine operations and terminal operations. He moved to Jacksonville from San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2001 to assume his most recent role as director of marine operations. Gillen holds a degree in marine engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 116-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.