Port Secures Dynamic New Hires to Execute Future Vision for the Region

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Oregon International Port of Coos Bay

For Immediate Release: January 24, 2017

Port Secures Dynamic New Hires to Execute Future Vision for the Region

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay anticipates an exciting boost in internal capacity with the addition of two new staff members, boasting a combined 40 years of experience and expertise in the transportation industry.  On January 30th, the Port will welcome Patrick Kerr as the Director of Rail Operations and Anna Soderstrom as Chief Commercial Officer on February 2nd. 

Anna Soderstrom comes to Coos Bay from the Tacoma, Washington area, where she has worked for over 15 years in the maritime sector.  Anna’s expertise is in communications, marketing, and business development.  Currently, Anna is the Director of Client Relations and Business Development for the California United Terminals and Washington United Terminals.  As a strategic and savvy self-starter, Anna will be instrumental in the Port’s efforts to increase our customer base.  Particularly as we look to expansion of international customer markets, Anna’s international work experience will serve as a strong foundation in her new role at the Port of Coos Bay as Chief Commercial Officer.

Director of Rail Operations Patrick Kerr has worked in the rail industry for over 25 years, and has an intimate knowledge of the Port owned Coos Bay Rail Line.  Prior to the Port’s ownership of the rail line, it was owned by Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad(CORP).  Patrick spent 8 years of his career with CORP/RailAmerica as an Assistant General Manager and Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs, where he gained a great deal of insight into the Coos Bay rail line and its operations.  This experience and insight provides a valued perspective as we continue to make investments in the line to provide the highest level of service to our freight customers. 

The future is bright in Coos Bay.  The Port’s staff and commission are striving to proactively build a framework to encourage sustainable economic growth and prosperity on the South Coast.  As a leading economic development engine for the region, the Port anticipates that the next 10 years will be transformative.  Under the leadership of CEO John Burns, the Port’s team weaves together a set of unique and diverse skill sets, well poised to take full advantage of economic development opportunities.  


For additional media information, please contact:

Margaret Barber, External Affairs Manager, Port of Coos Bay
    Phone 541.267.7678 / E-mail: mbarber@portofcoosbay.com / www.portofcoosbay.com