Bryan Brandes was appointed Port of Oakland Maritime Director June 29, 2020. He’s responsible for all shipping and related activity at the Seaport. Mr. Brandes is a 25-year maritime industry veteran. Before joining the Port, Mr. Brandes was Vice President, Pacific Southwest Region Operations for FlexiVan Leasing, an intermodal chassis leasing company. He was previously Director of West Coast Operations for French-based ocean carrier CMA-CGM. He oversaw the operations of 20 terminals at five U.S. West Coast ports and was responsible for interface with alliance partners, port authorities, trucking companies, rail partners, pilots, tug companies and regulatory agencies. He began his maritime industry career with The Maersk organization where he rose to senior leadership roles with APM Terminals and Maersk Line. Mr. Brandes has served on the boards of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) and the Propeller Club of Los Angeles/Long Beach. He served for 12 years as a member and Chair of the California State Historical Resources Commission which administers federally and state mandated historic preservation programs to protect California’s archaeological and historical resources. Mr. Brandes earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University.