- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The board overseeing the Port of New Orleans says the port’s current president plans to retire after 16 years at the helm.

The Board of Commissioners announced Wednesday that Gary LaGrange will retire next April. The port said in a news release that the board is expected to name Brandy Christian as his replacement. Christian is the chief operating officer at the port.

William Bergeron, the board’s chairman, praised LaGrange for his leadership. LaGrange also serves as the port’s chief executive officer.

During his tenure, the board says LaGrange oversaw more than $500 million in infrastructure investment and led the port to achieve record revenues.

Christian was hired in 2015 and she previously worked for 14 years with the Port of San Diego.

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