|Julianna Marler, Port of Vancouver USA interim CEO.|
Marler’s appointment was unanimously approved at the regularly scheduled May 10 board of commissioners meeting. She steps up to the helm as current CEO Todd Coleman departs the port on May 19.
“Julianna has exactly the skills we need right now,” said Jerry Oliver, port commission president. “She is a well-respected leader with the right perspective for the projects and issues at hand, and she has the support of the port’s leadership team. I have every confidence in her ability to keep us moving forward.”
Marler has been with the Port of Vancouver since September 2008, and in October 2014 she was appointed chief financial and administrative officer (CFAO). As CFAO, her duties include developing and establishing business policies; overall operational and budget responsibility for administration, contracts, information technology, finance and accounting; and ensuring that all activities and operations are performed in compliance with local, state and federal regulations and laws governing port operations.
Prior to joining the port, Marler worked for the city of Vancouver, Washington, U.S., for nine years.
The port’s board of commissioners also directed staff during the meeting to initiate the process of recruiting a new CEO. The process is likely to take three to six months, and could include engaging with a recruiting firm to assist in the process.
The board of commissioners will interview and appoint the next CEO, who serves at the pleasure of the board.