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Tom Hayes Reappointed to Halifax Port Authority

Thomas J. Hayes
Photo/Port of Halifax

Thomas J. Hayes has been reappointed by the Province of Nova Scotia to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Halifax Port Authority (HPA). First appointed to the board in June 2014, he currently serves as its vice chair.

Mr. Hayes is managing director of Pelorus Venture Capital Ltd., a regional venture capital fund focused on Atlantic Canada. Earlier he served as president of Atlantic Ventures Trust, CEO of Atlantic Fish Specialties Ltd., and chief of staff in the Office of Premier for Nova Scotia. Altogether, he brings more than 45 years of managerial and senior executive experience in the private, public and volunteer sectors to his role as a port authority director.

HPA is one of 18 port authorities established under the Canada Marine Act. The port authority board consists of seven members, including one representative each of the federal, provincial and municipal governments and four appointed by the federal government to represent port users.

The other board members are Chair Hector Jacques, Ted Larsen, Lantz Siteman and Jim Spatz. Two seats are vacant. 

Virginia Port Promotes O’Brien to VP of Carrier Sales, Thanks Naughton for 24 Years of Service

The Port of Virginia is undergoing changes to its sales team. After 24 years of service at the port, Frank Naughton, vice president of ocean carrier sales, announced earlier this month that he will be retiring on July 1.  Joe O’Brien will take over the post. The port is beginning a search for candidates to fill Mr. O’Brien’s former position of director of ocean carrier sales.

"We’re all happy for Frank; he has had a long and successful career here and we thank him for all of his hard work," said Thomas D. Capozzi, chief sales officer. "Fortunately for us, Frank will continue to serve as an advisor on ocean carrier issues for the port on an ongoing basis, so he’ll continue to be a valuable asset."  

Mr. O’Brien will remain in the port’s office in Hoboken (NJ). The director of ocean carrier sales position will transition to port authority headquarters at the World Trade Center in Norfolk (VA).


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