He Guided Group Through Supply Chain Havoc Wreaked by COVID-19 Pandemic
By Dan Ronan
American Association of Port Authorities CEO Chris Connor announced he is retiring, effective Oct. 1.
Connor took over the post in the fall of 2019 and guided the organization through the supply chain tumult brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and then the ensuing recovery.
“Leading AAPA these past four years has been a tremendous experience,” Connor said in a statement announcing his departure from the Washington, D.C., organization. “The pandemic and all the attention it placed on the supply chain and ports specifically created a unique moment for the industry. It has been amazing to participate in the national conversation on ports and help carve out historic federal government infrastructure funding for the industry.
Connor told Transport Topics he intends to remain active in the industry, but in a different leadership role from the one he has occupied the past four years.
“The momentum the American Association of Port Authorities gained under the dynamic leadership of Chris Connor and the wonderful team he assembled has the association on a trajectory toward success,” Port of Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson said. “Chris has been a stalwart advocate for AAPA, and we are grateful for the impact he and his team have played in the continued growth of the association during his tenure. He has built a strong team and put the association on solid ground, with broader membership.”