He has more than 25 years of experience and was previously executive director at the ports of Longview and Port Angeles.
Keith Leavitt, the Port of Portland’s chief commercial officer, said: “We are excited to have Ken’s ideas and expertise as we look to grow our strong position as an auto and bulk gateway and set a new vision for business activity at Terminal 6.”
The Port of Portland is the largest deep-water port in the state of Oregon with four marine terminals. It is currently the US west coast’s largest terminal for auto exports, moving over 50,000 vehicles in 2016.
O’Hollaren has served as the chair of the Interstate Columbia River Improvement Project, responsible for the project to deepen the Columbia River shipping channel, and is also a past chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities.