(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump has appointed maritime industry veteran Michael Khouri as acting chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).
Khouri was appointed an FMC commissioner by President Barack Obama in 2009. He replaces Mario Cordero, which held the position since April 1, 2013.
Khouri has 45 years of experience in the maritime sector, holding positions in vessel operations as well as legal and executive roles. He also has served as a director the Waterways Council Inc. and the American Waterways Operators.
Khouri started his career as a crewman for Crounse Corp., where he worked his way up with service in the engine room and then into the wheelhouse as pilot and captain. He then served for 23 years with American Commercial Lines, holding executive positions including general counsel and secretary, senior vice president for law and corporate affairs and senior vice president for transportation services and marine operations. Khouri then joined MERS/Economy Boat, serving as president and chief operating officer, before joining the law firm of Pedley & Gordinier.
Khouri received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Tulane University and his law degree from the Brandeis School of Law-University of Louisville. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
Prior to his time at the FMC, Cordero served for eight years on the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Long Beach. While a POLB commissioner, Cordero led the port's Green Port Policy, a strategy aimed at integrating environmental stewardship and economic growth to achieve sustainable port development.
Cordero, whose term expires in 2019, is expected to remain at the FMC as commissioner.