J. Christopher Lytle, Executive Director of the Port of Oakland, California, was named to the Port's top management position on July 22, 2013, by the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, the Port's seven-member governing body.
Prior to assuming the position at the Port of Oakland, Mr. Lytle served as the Executive Director at the Port of Long Beach. A longtime shipping industry veteran, Mr. Lytle served as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer from 2008 to 2011 for the Port of Long Beach. He joined the Port in September 2006 as Managing Director of the Port's Trade Relations and Port Operations Bureau.
Before joining the Port, Mr. Lytle served as Vice President of West Coast Operations for the French-based shipping line CMA CGM, which has significant marine and terminal operations at the ports of Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle. Mr. Lytle has also held executive positions at P&O Ports North America, Denmark-based APM (Maersk) Terminals, and Sea-Land Service, Inc.
Mr. Lytle has been affiliated with several associations serving the maritime industry, including the Pacific Maritime Association, and the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, where he was on the Board of Directors. He also has served on the boards of the Steamship Association of Southern California, the Propeller Club of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and the Marine Exchange of Southern California, and was a member of the Executive Committee for the Center for International Trade and Transportation. He currently is on the board of the University of Denver's Intermodal Transportation Institute. Also, he served as a trustee with the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House, a charity organization.
Mr. Lytle holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound, and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Central Washington University. He served as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army and has traveled extensively during his career in the maritime industry, including positions in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Mr. Lytle, his wife, Stephanie, and their three sons live in the Bay Area.