Freeport, TX — Ravi K. Singhania, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Port Freeport, announces the selection and appointment of Phyllis Saathoff as Executive Port Director/Chief Executive Officer. Chairman Singhania noted that after several months of diligent searching and review of a number of excellent applicants, the Board reached a unanimous decision in her selection. We are delighted to have a person of her background, join us again.
Phyllis Saathoff is an accomplished executive with over 20 years of service in the port industry. With a strong finance background, combined with her operational leadership, Saathoff brings a proven track record to Port Freeport.
Saathoff began her maritime career at Port Freeport in 1992. She served as managing director, and then in April 2012, became the Interim Executive Port Director/CEO before joining the Port of Houston Authority in October 2012. During her tenure at Port Freeport, she was successful in obtaining U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit to deepen the Freeport Harbor channel to 55 feet and in financing and initiating the development of the Port’s first container terminal.
Saathoff served in various capacities during her tenure at the Port of Houston Authority including Chief People Officer and Deputy Executive Director of Corporate Affairs responsible for public affairs, strategic planning, channel development, freight mobility and environmental affairs.
Saathoff was recognized as one of the Top 10 Women in Gulf Transportation by Gulf Shipper Magazine. A recognized expert in port emergency preparedness, she is the author of the Emergency Preparedness and Continuity of Operations Planning Manual for Best Practices for ports.
Past president of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones and former treasurer of the Texas Gulf Ports Association, Saathoff also served on the Port Authority Advisory Council to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
Saathoff earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and is certified as a Professional Port Manager.
Port Freeport is ranked among the Nation’s top 35 ports. The Channel serves Dow Chemical, Phillips 66, BASF, Tenaris, Vulcan Material, Mammoet, Freeport Liquefield Natural Gas, American Rice, Dole, Chiquita, Seaway, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Hoegh Autoliners.