Port of Seattle selects new CEO with manufacturing, transportation experience

Ted J. Fick - Port of Seattle
Ted J. Fick
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Ted J. Fick, a Tacoma native with decades of experience leading manufacturing organizations across the country, will take the helm of the Port of Seattle when current CEO Tay Yoshitani retires next month, according to a port news release.

Fick will begin work on Sept. 29; his salary is $350,000 a year. The next day, current CEO Tay Yoshitani will retire.

The Port of Seattle Commission began a nationwide search for a new CEO in early 2014.

Commissioners will vote on Fick's appointment at their public meeting Sept. 11, Fick will be introduced to the community.

“Ted has the right combination of skills and dynamic leadership to help the Port of Seattle thrive in the globally competitive environment ports face today. He brings the fresh perspective and breadth of experience we need to help our region generate new jobs and economic growth,” said Commission Co-President Courtney Gregoire.

Fick has more than 25 years of leadership experience in major manufacturing and transportation organizations – including oversight of international operations. He spent many years working in the Puget Sound region’s manufacturing and industrial community, beginning at his family’s Tacoma-based company, Fick Foundry. He then spent many years at PACCAR, one of the Pacific Northwest’s primary manufacturers holding leadership positions in both PACCAR and their division Kenworth.

In 2000, he left the Northwest and has since held multiple leadership positions in transportation and manufacturing companies. Most recently, he served as CEO of Polar Corporation, a $475 million trailer and component parts manufacturer in Minnesota. In that position, he oversaw three operating divisions, multiple manufacturing plants, and a workforce of over 2,000 represented and non-represented employees.

“I am honored to join the Port of Seattle, an organization I’ve depended on, worked with and admired throughout my career,” said Fick. “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the highly-skilled team of people that keep the port humming every day, and I can’t wait to join them as we work together to generate 100,000 more jobs for the Puget Sound region.”

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