Crowley Maritime Corporation Promotes Ken Orben and Karen Dempsey

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Mon. December 1st, 2014 - by Andrew McDaniel

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Puerto Rico liner services group announced that Ken Orben is being promoted to General Manager of Terminal Operations in Jacksonville, Florida, and Karen Dempsey is being promoted to Director of Port Operations in Pennsauken, New Jersey, starting January 1.

Ken is a 27-year Crowley veteran and current Director of Port Operations in Pennsauken.  For this promotion, he will relocate to Jacksonville and report to John Hourihan, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Puerto Rico Services.

Karen has worked with Crowley for 32 years and is currently the Manager of Port Administration in Pennsauken.  She will remain based there and report to Ken.

John Hourihan, Senior VP and General Manager“Ken and Karen bring a wealth of experience to their new roles,” said Hourihan.  “I know they are looking forward to continuing to ensure our terminals run at peak efficiency, with a focus on safety and environmental stewardship.”

According to a press release, Ken will be responsible for all aspects of land operations including line and staff functions, ocean terminal and related container year and container freight station operations, stevedoring, yard, car, and gate operations, safety security and the transition to new technology.  He will also maintain relationships with union leadership, stewards and employees by the administration of company policies and collective bargaining agreements.

Ken joined Crowley in 1987 as the Manager of Port Operations and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the operations area during his tenure with the company.  Earlier this year, he was promoted to Director of Port Operations.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Norwich University.

Karen joined Crowley in 1982 and has served in managerial roles in port documentation and traffic before being promoted to Manager of Port Administration in 2005.

Congratulations on the promotions, Ken and Karen!

Crowley Maritime Corporation