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Press Release: June 13, 2012

Governor Kitzhaber appoints Jim Carter Port Commission President

Thanks outgoing Commissioner Judi Johansen for service

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today appointed Jim Carter, former Nike executive, as Port of Portland Commission President. Mr. Carter, who was first appointed to the Port Commission by the Governor in 2009, steps into the role vacated by former Port Commission President Judi Johansen, who has served on the Port Commission since 2003 and as President since 2007. Ms. Johansen was recognized for her service to the Port at today's regular Commission meeting and will preside over her final Commission meeting, focused on the Port's budget, on June 22.
“I welcome Jim in his new role on the Port Commission, and send my sincere thanks to Judi for her long-standing and influential leadership,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “The Port of Portland is an essential part of Oregon’s economy and identity, and I’m confident Jim will continue the tradition of steady and reliable leadership to ensure the Port’s marine terminals and airports meet the needs of Oregonians.”
Mr. Carter thanked the Governor for the appointment. “I look forward to my service as the Port of Portland Commission President. I have grown in my appreciation of the Port’s role in the regional economy and look forward to the opportunity to help guide its work in this new leadership position.” Mr. Carter formerly served as general counsel at Nike and was a managing shareholder at the law firm of Schulte, Anderson.  
Ms. Johansen, who is president of Marylhurst University, thanked the Port team. “While I will miss the people I have worked with at the Port, in a way, it is easy to leave just now because the Port is in such a great place. Executive Director Bill Wyatt and the Port employees have faced tremendous challenges during my tenure. But they turned these challenges into opportunities to make the Port more focused and efficient. I am grateful to have been a small part of this work for the region.”
Other members of the nine-member Port Commission are Steve Corey, Commission secretary and a Pendleton attorney and sheep rancher; Paul Rosenbaum, Commission treasurer, chairman and CEO of Rentrak, Peter Bragdon, vice president and general counsel, Columbia Sportswear Company; Tom Chamberlain, president, Oregon AFL-CIO; Diana Daggett, American region director of corporate affairs, Intel Corporation; and Bruce A. Holte, a longshoreman with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
Commissioners are unpaid volunteers who are appointed by Governor Kitzhaber and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and can be reappointed. Commission presidents are selected by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The Commission appoints the Port's executive director. At least two commissioners must each live in one of the three counties in the Port district (Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties). The remaining members may live in any part of the state. With Ms. Johansen's departure, there will be two vacancies on the Commission, which will be filled during Governor appointments this fall.

Media Contact:

Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324
Martha Richmond, Port of Portland, 503-415-6061

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