Norfolk – The tenure of Jerry A. Bridges as the executive director of the Virginia Port Authority will end Oct. 31, the VPA Board of Commissioners announced today.
Bridges began his term with the VPA in February 2007 and helped guide The Port of Virginia through a difficult period that came as the result of the worldwide economic slowdown. During his tenure Bridges restructured the agency, helped oversee the VPA's long-term lease of APM Terminals and became chairman of the board of the American Association of Port Authorities.
"In so many different ways Jerry has done a lot of good for this port and for that we all thank him," said Michael Quillen, chairman of the VPA's board. "Through his work, his connections across the globe and his service on various industry boards, he has helped to raise the profile of this facility and for that we are grateful. We wish him well in his next endeavor."
Quillen said Bridges will continue to help guide the port through the next two months. Presently, the board of commissioners is finalizing its plan for an interim executive director and an announcement on that plan is forthcoming.
"This board will work closely with the VPA's deputies to ensure continuity within the organization," Quillen said. "The port has had a very solid performance since the beginning of the year and that will continue to be the focus: to build volumes and market The Port of Virginia as the East Coast's premiere facility."