Port of San Diego Names First Female CEO

Randa Coniglio

Published Jun 9, 2015 10:06 AM by The Maritime Executive

The Port of San Diego has named Randa Coniglio to be the first female CEO in its over 50 year history.

Coniglio was selected as the top candidate after a rigorous nation-wide executive search that began in December. The port’s Board of Commissioners is expected to appoint Coniglio on June 11, and she will assume her duties as President and CEO on June 12. The move will make her the first woman CEO in the Port's 52-year history.

Coniglio currently serves as the Port's Executive Vice President of Operations. She is credited with playing a pivotal role in a number of port initiatives including securing a 25-year lease renewal with Dole Fresh Fruit and obtaining approval for the San Diego Convention Center expansion.

"Randa is a focused, diligent and highly creative leader who consistently delivers strong outcomes," explained Port Chairman Dan Malcolm. "This, combined with her track record in gaining the trust of stakeholders, achieving consensus and maintaining long-term, mutually beneficial relationships truly set her apart as the best candidate for this position."

Coniglio was hired in 2000 by the Port District after a 13-year private sector career in real estate development and real estate portfolio management. She started her tenure with the port as Senior Asset Manager in the Real Estate Department and quickly ascended the ranks.

"I am so honored to have been selected as the Port of San Diego's next President and CEO," said Coniglio. "We have such great momentum right now on a variety of fronts. I am very fortunate to have this opportunity at a time when there is so much positive energy around the Port's projects and initiatives."

Coniglio will replace John Bolduc, who has been the Port’s Acting CEO since July 2014. Bolduc will continue to serve on the executive leadership team.

The Port of San Diego encompasses five member cities in its vicinity and has developed commercial business along 34 miles of San Diego Bay.