Less than two weeks after the CEO of the Port of Long Beach announced his resignation, harbor commissioners have moved swiftly to appoint an interim replacement.
Duane Kenagy, who currently heads the port’s nearly $4.5 billion capital projects, was named to the position Wednesday. He will assume his duties next week, succeeding Jon Slangerup.
Kenagy told the board during a special meeting he was humbled and pledged to fill in while the harbor commission conducts a search for a new CEO. “I am an engineer so I usually try to stay in the background,” he said.
Before arriving at the port in 2014, Kenagy, worked for Moffatt & Nichol, an engineering consulting firm and played a crucial role in the $2.4 billion Alameda Corridor project that connects the ports of Los Angles and Long Beach to the national railroad systems close to downtown Los Angeles.
A bid to find a recruitment firm already has gone out.
The port is undergoing a massive infrastructure project as well as dealing with a shipping industry in financial turmoil.