CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Lines, Inc. (OTCQB: HRZL) today announced that Geoffrey Thurston is being named Senior Vice President and General Manager for the company's Puerto Rico trade. Mr. Thurston will succeed Richard Rodriguez, who will become the Vice President Terminal Services. The new appointments will take effect December 2, 2013.
Mr. Thurston brings over 25 years of experience in the ocean transport sector and proven senior leadership in commercial strategy and operations. He most recently served as Vice President Commercial & Trades for Tropical Shipping, LTD, with commercial, operating and P&L responsibilities. His previous roles included VP/GM of Acquisitions and Business Development, Hispaniola trade management, and senior sales management positions at Tropical as well as the former Puerto Rico container shipping line Navieras, Inc.
"Geoff brings a comprehensive understanding of the market, strategies, and customers in the Puerto Rico trade," said Sam Woodward, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Horizon has made significant improvements in our Puerto Rico lane profitability in 2013, and I have great confidence in Geoff's ability to build on that momentum going forward."
Richard Rodriguez has accepted the newly created position of Vice President Terminal Services to oversee and optimize the value of the carrier's terminals throughout the company. Most recently, Richard served as Vice President and General Manager for Puerto Rico.
"Richard has successfully repositioned the Puerto Rico service under the toughest of market conditions, with revamped service offerings in the Northeast, Southeast and Gulf. Richard will bring his expertise to focus on new opportunities for Horizon's terminal operations in Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska," said Bill Hamlin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
About Horizon Lines
Horizon Lines, Inc. is one of the nation's leading domestic ocean shipping companies and the only ocean cargo carrier serving all three noncontiguous domestic markets of Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico from the continental United States. The company owns a fleet of 13 fully Jones Act-qualified vessels and operates five port terminals in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. A trusted partner for many of the nation's leading retailers, manufacturers and U.S. government agencies, Horizon Lines provides reliable transportation services that leverage its unique combination of ocean transportation and inland distribution capabilities to deliver goods that are vital to the prosperity of the markets it serves. The company is based in Charlotte, NC, and its stock trades on the over-the-counter market under the symbol HRZL.
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SOURCE Horizon Lines, Inc.