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Leadership Changes at U.S. Customs and Maritime Agencies

Tuesday, April 02, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that with the March 30 retirement of Acting Commissioner David Aguilar, Acting Chief Operating Officer Thomas Winkowski will take over interim leadership of the agency. Kevin McAleenan, currently acting assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations, has been named acting deputy commissioner. There has been no indication yet from the White House as to when a new commissioner might be named and little speculation in the press about possible candidates.

At the Federal Maritime Commission, Richard Lidinsky has resigned as chairman but will remain with the agency as a commissioner. An FMC press release states that since becoming chairman in September 2009 Lidinsky has had three major administration goals for the agency: refocusing its work on “giving a voice to American citizens, taxpayers and job creators during its deliberations,” eliminating unnecessary rules and regulations that were particularly harmful to small businesses, and promoting the “greening” of U.S. ports to help both the environment and employment. Lidinsky was expected to be replaced as chairman on April 1 by Mario Cordero, who served on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners before being named an FMC commissioner in September 2010.

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