New Senior Staff Assignments at FMC - Federal Maritime Commission
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New Senior Staff Assignments at FMC

September 1, 2016
NR 16-16

Contact: John K. DeCrosta, 202-523-5911

The retirement of veteran Federal Maritime Commission senior executive Mr. Vern W. Hill, who has served as the Managing Director of the agency since 2013, has set in motion staff changes in three key offices.

In consultation with his fellow Commissioners, Chairman Mario Cordero has appointed Ms. Karen V. Gregory to serve as the Commission’s Managing Director and Mr. Peter J. King to serve as the Deputy Managing Director. In their most immediate previous positions Ms. Gregory was the Secretary of the Federal Maritime Commission, while Mr. King was the Director of the Bureau of Enforcement. Both are members of the Senior Executive Service.

Ms. Gregory and Mr. King begin their new roles today, September 1, 2016.

“Vern has been a dedicated, selfless, and hard-working member of the Federal Maritime Commission career staff for 30-years. He has repeatedly distinguished himself professionally and has always sought to serve all constituents of the Commission,” said Chairman Cordero. “Vern represents the very best qualities of a public servant. The Commission and the shipping public have benefitted from his commitment to the mission of this agency and we are grateful for his many years of service. He is going to be missed.”

As a result of Ms. Gregory and Mr. King moving to the Office of the Managing Director, the Office of the Secretary will be managed by Assistant Secretary Ms. Rachel E. Dickon and the Bureau of Enforcement will be managed by Deputy Director, Mr. Brian L. Troiano.

“We are very fortunate to have Karen Gregory and Peter King take over the responsibilities of the Office of the Managing Director. They each possess considerable experience in every aspect of the Commission’s operations and are uniquely qualified to take on the demanding responsibilities assigned to the Managing Director’s Office,” said Cordero. “This is going to be a seamless transition and I have every confidence that the shipping public will experience nothing less than continued excellent service from the Federal Maritime Commission as our senior executives take on their new roles.”

The Federal Maritime Commission is the federal agency responsible for regulating the nation’s international ocean transportation for the benefit of exporters, importers, and the American consumer. The FMC’s mission is to foster a fair, efficient, and reliable international ocean transportation system while protecting the public from unfair and deceptive practices.