Tay Yoshitani, former executive director of the Port of Oakland, the Port of Baltimore and the Maryland Port Commission, was chosen earlier this month to become CEO of the Port of Seattle.

Yoshitani, 60, has experience in seaport and airport operations and real estate development. He replaces retiring Port of Seattle CEO Mic Dinsmore. Yoshitani was the Port of Seattle Commission’s unanimous choice after a six-month national search and considering 70 candidates, including the Port’s Chief Administrative Officer John Okamoto.

Born in Japan, Yoshitani graduated from West Point and Harvard’s graduate school of business administration, underwent airborne and Ranger training in the Army and served in Vietnam. He is expected to assume his new position in March.

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