RALEIGH —Jeff Miles has been appointed Acting Executive Director of the North Carolina State Ports Authority, effective immediately.
Miles brings to the job more than 20 years of experience as a senior-level manager in the port and maritime transportation industry. He spent a decade as the general manager of container operations at the South Carolina State Ports Authority. In addition to his time with South Carolina Ports, he served as president of a private marine terminal company specializing in bulk and breakbulk operations.
He also managed intermodal logistics and terminal operations for major container shipping companies, including Maersk and U.S. Lines, and worked as a principal consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Booz Allen Hamilton.
“We are fortunate to have someone with the industry experience that Jeff brings to the job. His extensive experience in the maritime transportation industry uniquely qualifies him to lead this dynamic organization,” said N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Tata.
As acting executive director, Miles will lead an organization of nearly 250 employees that contributes $500 million annually in state and local tax revenue and supports more than 65,000 direct and indirect jobs statewide.
“This is an exciting time for North Carolina’s ports. With cargo volumes increasing and the pursuit of several potential new lines of business at both ports, this year promises to be one of our strongest yet. I am privileged to lead the ports and look forward to partnering with North Carolina’s businesses to strengthen the economies of our host communities and the state,” said Miles.
Miles joined the Ports in 2005 as Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to Deputy Executive Director in 2012. In those roles, he was responsible for operations at the Ports of Morehead City and Wilmington, and inland terminals in Charlotte and the Piedmont Triad at Greensboro. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston, and a master of business administration from Duke University. He and his wife Nancy have three children.
In the coming weeks, a nationwide search will begin for a permanent executive director.
About the North Carolina State Port Authority:
North Carolina's Ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, plus inland terminals in Charlotte and the Piedmont Triad in Greensboro, link the state's consumers, businesses and industry to world markets, and serve as magnets to attract new business and industry while receiving no direct taxpayer subsidy. Port activities contribute statewide to 65,000 jobs and $500 million each year in state and local tax revenues.
Top trading partners are China, India, Brazil, So. Korea, Belgium, Taiwan, Mexico, Colombia, Great Britain and Venezuela. Primary exports are phosphate, forest products, woodpulp, general merchandise, food products, wood chips and military. Top imports are sulfur products, chemicals, grains, rubber, scrap metal, cement, metal products, machinery parts, ore, mica and schist.
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