SAN PEDRO, Calif. — September 28, 2010 — The Port of Los Angeles has appointed Kraig Jondle as its Director of Marketing and Trade Services*, a newly created position in the Port’s Business Development group. The new position is designed to reinforce the Port’s commitment to business and dedication to customer service. 

“Kraig’s hands-on experience and knowledge of the maritime industry, marketing, sales and business development made him a natural choice for this position,” said Kathryn McDermott, Deputy Executive Director of Business Development at the Port of Los Angeles. “We look forward to Kraig’s leadership and expertise as we develop strategic marketing initiatives that strengthen our competitive position, grow our business, and focus on meeting our customers’ needs.” 

Jondle joins the Port of Los Angeles after serving as the vice president of sales in North America for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), the Port’s automobile terminal operator. Jondle spent a decade at WWL both in Port Hueneme and New Jersey, gaining experience in marketing, sales, terminal operations and business development. He has also worked in container sales and marketing on the U.S. West Coast for Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV), a Chilean shipping company. 

Jondle started in the transportation and logistics industry at Scanwell Freight Express in Los Angeles, a large China-based freight forwarder/NVOCC involved with ocean, air, trucking and rail movements. With Scanwell, he traveled extensively throughout Asia and moved to Texas as their regional manager and opened offices in Houston and Dallas. 

Jondle, a native of Long Beach, has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in transportation and logistics management from the American Military University. He is married and has two daughters. 

The Port of Los Angeles Marketing Division, led by Mike DiBernardo, includes a network of overseas offices in trading centers around the world. It provides direct communication with customers, shipping lines, shippers and others to ensure that facilities are utilized at their highest and best use. Trade Services, led by Jim MacLellan, is responsible for implementing a proactive marketing program designed to increase trade activity in the L.A. region, while attracting and retaining beneficial cargo owners to the Port, particularly in the areas of breakbulk, and dry and liquid bulk shippers, emphasizing on export cargoes. 

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves.  As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 919,000 regional jobs and $39.1 billion in annual wages and tax revenues.  A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars.

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*Editorial note: Jondle's title changed from Director of Marketing and Trade Services to Director of Business and Trade Development on October 25, 2010.