Port Authority eyes Jamian successor by early 2015; jobs will be key priority

The Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority likely won't have a new executive director in place until January 1. Until then, the authority will concentrate on the summer shipping and tourism season, bringing the five-member board's two newest members up to speed, and working out what it wants in a new top executive, said Tom Orzechowski, who was elected chairman in May. One local logistics insider said a hard, realistic look at authority must be taken by all stakeholders. "There needs to be a major reassessment of the role, if any, that this authority has. What can it do? What should it do? What shouldn't it do?" said John Taylor, chair of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management and associate professor of supply chain management at Wayne State University School of Business Administration. "It's unclear what role it plays in facilitating effective logistics in the region, with the exception of the foreign trade zone activities."

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