Acting Managing Director of Commercial Operations
Port of Long Beach
Donald B. Snyder is Acting Managing Director of Commercial Operations for the Port of Long Beach, California, and leads the Port’s Business Development, Customer Service, Terminal Operations and Security functions, collaborating with customers and industry partners to drive efficiencies and optimize the supply chain.
Mr. Snyder was named to the post in 2018 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, governing body for the Long Beach Harbor Department and the Port. Before this appointment, he served as Director of the Port’s Business Development Division beginning in 2006, having served since 2003 as Marketing Manager in the Trade and Maritime Services Division.
As Director of the Business Development Division, Mr. Snyder was responsible for maximizing revenue opportunities for the Port by developing business attraction strategies and through close business relationships with ocean carriers, cargo owners, terminal operators, labor and supply chain partners.
Before joining the Port, his nearly 30 years of experience in the transportation industry included six years as Manager of Import and Export Logistics for Mattel Inc., where he was responsible for the importing and exporting of products between the United States and the world, focusing primarily on moving goods from overseas plants to Mattel’s U.S. distribution facilities.
He also spent 18 years working in sales, marketing and pricing with ocean carriers including Sea-Land Services, Hyundai Merchant Marine and Lykes Brothers Steamship Co.
Mr. Snyder, who has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Asia, Europe and Mexico, is actively involved in California State University, Long Beach, international business programs, including serving on the Policy and Steering Committee for the Center of International Trade and Transportation and the Supply Chain Management Advisory Board.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from San Francisco State University.
The Port of Long Beach is the premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety, environmental stewardship and sustainability. As the second-busiest container seaport in the United States, the Port handles trade valued at more than $194 billion annually and supports 1.4 million trade-related jobs cross the nation, including more than 300,000 in Southern California. Again named Best Green Seaport worldwide in 2018, the Port is committed to environmentally sustainable practices and policies that also improve operational efficiency. This includes an unprecedented $46.5 million Community Grants Program to lessen Port impacts on air quality, traffic, noise and water quality. Founded in 1911, the Port today encompasses 3,200 acres with 35 miles of waterfront, 10 piers, 80 berths and 66 gantry cranes. In 2017, the Port handled more than 7.5 million container units, the best year in its history.