NITL lauds leader of Port of New Orleans
Port director named recipient of the 2015 National Industrial Transportation League’s (NITL) Executive of the Year award.
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For his steel-hard resolve and resourcefulness, the NITL and Logistics Management (LM) magazine are proud to present Gary LaGrange, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans with the 2015 NITL Executive of the Year Award, also known as the McCullough Award. The award is named after John T. McCullough, a former chief editor of Distribution magazine, a predecessor of LM.
The award will be given to LaGrange on Tuesday, November 17, at the NITL’s 108th Annual Conference and Freight Exhibition being held in New Orleans, La. (Nov. 16-18).
“Gary LaGrange is enormously well regarded in the maritime industry, and I know I speak for our Board of Directors in saluting his leadership and accomplishments,” said Bruce Carlton, the NITL’s executive director.
For readers just becoming acquainted with this man, here is a little background:
Mr. LaGrange has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of New Orleans since 2001. With over a decade of investment and expansion, the Port of New Orleans is widely regarded as the “logistics hub” for the entire Gulf region.
Mr. LaGrange serves on the Boards and Executive Committees of the Waterways Council, Inc., and National Waterways Conference where he is a past President. He also serves on the Board of the Gulf Ports Association of the Americas. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board. Before taking leadership at the Port of New Orleans, Mr. LaGrange served as the Executive Director of the Mississippi State Port Authority in Gulfport, Ms., the Port of South Louisiana and the Port of West St. Mary.
The man’s legacy, however, will always be tied to his inspired management of the Port of New Orleans following the catastrophic event of ten years ago…Hurricane Katrina.
About the AuthorPatrick Burnson, Executive Editor Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at
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