Gary LaGrange - Bio

Gary LaGrange

Gary LaGrange has served as president and chief executive officer of the Port of New Orleans since 2001. Under LaGrange's direction the Port made great expansions in spite of facing great adversity. During his tenure the Port opened new state-of-the art container and cruise terminals. Also notably and certainly most publicly, LaGrange's leadership brought the Port of New Orleans back into operation within two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the most extensive natural disaster in U.S. history.

Under LaGrange's leadership, the Port of New Orleans opened the award-winning $101 million Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal in January 2004. In October 2006, the Port opened the Erato Street Cruise Terminal and Parking Garage. This new $37 million cruise terminal boasts a 1000 car parking garage and 90,000 square foot terminal. The Port has also received preliminary funding for another cruise ship terminal at the Poland Avenue Wharves, and will soon begin renovations to its Julia Street cruise terminal. Additionally, the Port has just recently unveiled its $1 billion 2020 Master Plan, currently in the early stages of implementation.

He is past chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities, an alliance of 350 ports in the Western Hemisphere. He also serves on the boards of the Gulf Ports Association of the Americas and is past chairman and past president of the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association. He was named to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Advisory Council on Trade and Transportation, in addition to having earned the esteemed Professional Port Manager Certification (PPM) from the American Association of Port Authorities.

Before taking leadership at the Port of New Orleans, LaGrange served as the executive director of the Mississippi State Port Authority in Gulfport, Miss., and executive director of the Port of South Louisiana on the Mississippi River as well as the Port of West St. Mary.