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THE NEXT
GENERATION
OF LEADERS

SUCCESSION PLANNING PROVIDES
SECURITY, GUIDANCE FOR FUTURE
By Sandy Smith

A

decade or so ago, Gary LaGrange
was sitting in a long-term strategic planning session, looking
around the room of senior managers and assistant senior managers.
"I began to ponder: How long will these
people be here and who will be around to
handle the ideas that we're generating?" said
LaGrange, recently retired CEO of the Port
of New Orleans in Louisiana. "I realized
that we needed to start doing something."
That bit of foresight has paid off.
LaGrange estimates that about one-third of
the port employees have left in the last few
years due to retirement. An internship program helped, drawing in younger workers,

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allowing those in middle positions to move
into more senior roles.
But when a long-time chief operating officer retired, LaGrange started to think about
filling the role with someone who might one
day succeed him. "I wanted ... somebody
qualified who might want to transition from
number two to number one," said LaGrange,
who hasn't stepped away from ports completely, serving as executive director of the
Ports Association of Louisiana and as a consultant for companies including Fagiloi, a
heavy lift specialist.
Brandy Christian was recruited from the
Port of San Diego as COO. But it wasn't
until she'd been on the job a few months

that LaGrange mentioned that maybe
she should think about succeeding him.
Christian had said in the interviewing process that she saw herself one day as a CEO.
"She said, 'Give me another year or two,'"
LaGrange recalled.
While that was a casual conversation, it
did start the ball rolling. When LaGrange
announced his intention to retire in early
2016, the commission began negotiating with Christian to take the CEO job.
In January 2017 - after two years in New
Orleans - Christian was named president
and CEO.
The year-long transition proved a luxury that ports can't always capitalize on.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Summer 2017

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Stakeholders: A Seaport’s Secret Resource
Why Ports Need Allies: Maintaining a Working Waterfront Takes a Network of Supporters
The Next Generation of Leaders — Succession Planning Provides Security, Guidance for Future
Port Security — An Exercise in Partnerships
Lessons From the Past: A Renewed Commentary on Port Security
Cyber Security: What Port Authorities Need to Know
Tomorrow’s Leaders Need More Than On-the-Job Training
Index of Advertisers
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Seaports Magazine - Summer 2017 - Stakeholders: A Seaport’s Secret Resource
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Seaports Magazine - Summer 2017 - The Next Generation of Leaders — Succession Planning Provides Security, Guidance for Future
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Seaports Magazine - Summer 2017 - Port Security — An Exercise in Partnerships
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Seaports Magazine - Summer 2017 - Lessons From the Past: A Renewed Commentary on Port Security
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Seaports Magazine - Summer 2017 - Cyber Security: What Port Authorities Need to Know
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