Ports America CEO Michael Hassing has announced the appointment of John Carver to the position of executive vice president of business development, effective May 1.

Carver, domiciled in New Jersey, will report directly to President and CEO Michael Hassing and be responsible for expanding Ports America's business interests domestically and internationally, working closely with port authorities and government officials.

An industry veteran of 20 years in maritime and logistics development, Carver’s extensive experience includes port and private sector development and infrastructure investment projects, terminal concession agreements, P3 partnerships and joint ventures.

For the past five years, he served as director of port infrastructure for financial services giant Jones Lang LaSalle. Carver is an expert on the Panama Canal, having worked at Jones Lang LaSalle as an integral part of the development consortium building the Panama Colón Container Port. Carver was founder and managing director of iPort Los Angeles and also served as executive director for Colliers International’s multimodal services group.

President/CEO Hassing said Carver’s appointment will strengthen Ports America’s position in the global marketplace through enhanced focus on business growth.

Ports America, headquartered in New Jersey, is the largest independent marine terminal operator and stevedore company in the United States. The company currently operates in more than 80 locations at 42 ports. Ports America handles all types of cargo, including container, bulk, breakbulk, automotive, project, military and cruise line passengers.