JACKSONVILLE, FL –Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that Tommy Thompson has joined the company’s liner service group as director of maintenance and repair (M&R). Thompson is based in Jacksonville and reports to Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico and Caribbean and John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, Latin America.
In this position, Thompson is responsible for overseeing domestic M&R. He is charged with introducing best practices and new technologies along with process review and change intended to further improve current operations and garner greater efficiencies. He will also support the company’s new build program, which has included the acquisition of 929 new 40-foot refrigerated (reefer) high-cube containers, 1453 new 45-foot (102″ wide) containers and 1,453 chassis in 2007 alone.
“We are all looking forward to Tommy’s contribution in support of our equipment needs,” said Hourihan. “We are committed to reinvesting profits in equipment acquisitions. Having someone with Tommy’s experience involved in the process will give us yet another advantage as we strive to exceed customer expectations.”
Thompson brings over 40 years of progressive maritime and intermodal experience to Crowley including previous management of worldwide M&R facilities. He served as Crowley’s M&R manager then director for seven years prior to joining DOLE Fresh Fruit Company where he held a comparable position.
“Tommy brings with him an extensive background in liner equipment and maintenance operations,” said Grune. We are certain that his experience and knowledge will enable Crowley to further improve overall efficiencies in this area.