Metro Ports announced David Parrott as the new director of operations for the U.S. Gulf Coast and East Coast.

Parrott joined the Metro Ports organization on October 3 and will have regional responsibility for all Metro Ports’ operations on the U.S. Gulf and East Coasts. Emphasis will be on assisting the Metro Ports operations in Texas, North Carolina and Georgia.

He will provide support and training for Metro’s existing personnel, assist in streamlining operational functions, and work with the Metro team on an aggressive expansion program in the designated regions. Parrott’s extensive background in personnel and terminal operations will enhance Metro Ports’ continued growth in these markets through the development of stevedoring, logistics and general cargo operations.

Parrott brings more than 27 years of experience in the maritime industry to Metro Ports. His career began with Wilhelmsen Lines in Chicago, where he held various positions including general sales manager, regional operations manager, commercial trade manager and port manager for Wilhelmsen’s largest port in Savannah. Parrott expanded his experience in the maritime industry as stevedore manager for Liberty Terminals and eventually rose to be its CEO. Parrott is a graduate of Iowa State University, majoring in transportation/logistics, with a minor in economics.