Former communications director will be the first female to lead the Washington state port.
Lisa Lefeber is the first female in the Port of Everett’s 100-year history to be named chief executive officer.
Lefeber, currently the deputy executive director of the Washington state port, will begin her new role October 16. The port’s all-male commission last week voted 3-0 to award her a contract for the top job.
“It’s definitely a tremendous honor” to be the first female CEO, Lefeber said. “I love and have so much passion for the port industry. It’s probably one of the coolest industries you could possibly be involved in. It gives me a great sense of pride to be able to be able to lead an organization in an industry I love so much.”
Lefeber will succeed Les Reardanz, who announced in July he will be stepping down as port CEO in October to move back to Bellingham, Wash., to focus on his aging parents and expanded military responsibilities. Last month, the U.S. Senate confirmed the promotion of Reardanz to rear admiral in the Navy Reserve Judge Advocates General Corps. Lefeber served as acting CEO in 2018, when Reardanz was deployed to Afghanistan.Read More
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