James S. Andrasick has been named president and chief executive officer of Matson Navigation Company,Inc., the largest subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. The appointment is
effective August 1, 2003. Andrasick had been serving in that position on an interim basis since July 1, 2002. He will continue as executive vice president of A&B, holding interim chief financial officer
responsibilities at the parent company until a replacement is named in
the near future. Andrasick will relocate to the Bay Area.
Additional management changes also were announced in the Matson organization.
"Jim has successfully led Matson through some difficult challenges over
the last year, while serving as interim president and chief executive
officer," said Doane. "He has been at the helm during the extended
labor disruptions on the West Coast last fall, significant improvements
at the Honolulu Sand Island terminal, the relocation of all three West
Coast terminals, and the initial construction of two new container
ships. The company's operating momentum is decidedly positive, and we
are fortunate to have Jim in this key leadership capacity."
"I am extremely honored to have been asked to serve as president and CEO
of Matson, on a permanent basis," said Andrasick. "This is a great
company, with exceptional employees and I look forward to growing the
business with the Matson team in the years to come. Improving customer
service and controlling costs in a highly competitive industry are high
priorities and will lay the foundation for expansion in a number of
Andrasick added, "Although I am sad to leave Hawaii, my home for 25
years, it is comforting to know that my responsibilities at Matson will
bring me back frequently, and I expect to remain a contributing member
of this community."
The additional management changes at Matson Navigation Co.
promotions and several other realignments:
· Dave Hoppes has been promoted to vice president, ocean services,
reporting to Andrasick; he will have responsibility for all Matson
sales, marketing, pricing and customer service activities.
· Jack Sullivan has been promoted to vice president, vessel operations,
reporting to Ron Forest, senior vice president, operations.
· Gary North will assume the title of senior vice president, Pacific; he
is located in Honolulu. In addition to his existing responsibilities for
Guam and Matson Terminals, Gary will have as direct reports Rich Bliss,
vice president and area manager, Hawaii, and Merle Kelai, vice
president, community relations
· Bob Dawdy, general manager, container operations, also will report to
Ron Forest, senior vice president, operations.
· Bal Dreyfus will assume the position of director-vehicle operations,
reporting to Ron Forest. Dreyfus will focus on new initiatives in
Matson's Hawaii auto transportation business, including the time charter
of a ro-ro vessel from TOTE, improvements to the S.S. Lurline, and
related shore-side investments at Oakland, Honolulu and Kahului.
· Matt Cox, Matson senior vice president and CFO, will assume
responsibility for Matson's investment in Sea Star Lines and will join
the board of managers of two operating joint ventures.
· Jeff Hull, manager, public relations, will report to Andrasick and
Mary Lee Sharp, director, human resources, will report to Kevin
O'Rourke, senior vice president and general counsel.
· Paul E. Stevens, executive vice president, will be leaving the company
effective July 30.
And, at subsidiary Matson Intermodal System, Bob Papworth, president,
will report directly to Andrasick.