Just a few months after former CEO Paul Anderson stepped down to take the top spot in Tampa, Jacksonville’s Port Authority is inching closer to a new leader.
The JAXPORT Board today named longtime Port of Miami executive and current Deputy Director Juan Kuryla as its choice for Jacksonville CEO.
“His ambition was to take over a major port in Florida, and we’re giving him an opportunity to live his dream,” says JAXPORT Board Chair James Citrano.
Citrano says Kuryla was a unanimous choice among the board because of his experience with deepwater ports, something JAXPORT is focused right now on expanding. Kuryla rose from a field of candidates which included local names, and I asked Citrano whether having someone familiar with Northeast Florida business would have helped.
“We do international business- we do business in Korea, Japan, Norway, certainly the Antilles, Puerto Rico, South America- local is less important than maritime. The business is a world business,” Citrano says.
Kuryla has already accepted the job in a phone call with the board. A three person committee is now working on the details of his contract, which will then be vetted by the Board, circled back to Kuryla, and then up for a final vote. Citrano hopes that will happen before June 1st, assuming Kuryla is able to exit the Port of Miami by that time.