(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — The Tidewater board of directors has selected Todd Busch as the company’s new president and chief executive officer and member of the board effective Jan. 16. Busch will succeed Bob Curcio, who is retiring and has served as president and CEO since 2013.
Busch has over three decades of senior and executive leadership experience with Crowley Marine Corp., last serving as senior vice president and general manager in Jacksonville, Fla. The breadth of Busch’s broad-based expertise includes maritime operations, naval architecture, logistics, M&A and strategic planning.
“We are pleased to select Todd as our new president and CEO and member of the board of directors,” said Michael Lundin, chairman of Tidewater’s board. “Todd is a proven and seasoned industry veteran.”
“Todd possesses a clear understanding of what Tidewater represents as far as a continuing commitment to safety, environmental compliance, and value-added service to our customers and partners,” said Marietta Moshiashvili, managing partner and co-founder of Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners.
“Thanks to the entire Tidewater team, the company has a proven and solid platform for continued best in-class performance and service for our customers,” said Busch. “It is very exciting for me to be joining Tidewater. I look forward to continuing the company’s keen focus on operational excellence, safe operations, regulatory compliance, customer service and continued growth.”
Tidewater was founded in 1932 and has evolved from a barge line, primarily handling wheat, into Tidewater Holdings Inc., a multi-commodity transportation, terminal, and marine construction and repair company serving the diverse and evolving transportation needs of the Pacific Northwest. Headquartered in Vancouver, Wash., with nearly 300 employees in Washington and Oregon, Tidewater’s operating area spans 465 miles on the Columbia and Snake River systems extending from the inland Port of Lewiston, Idaho, to the Port of Astoria, Ore., on the Pacific Coast. Its ITB Marine refined products and subsea cable laying subsidiary has been serving the Vancouver, British Columbia region for over 50 years. Its West Coast Marine vessel and industrial cleaning and waste haulage subsidiary has served the Pacific Northwest since 1990. For more information, visit www.tidewater.com.