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PMA Leadership

PMA is governed by an 10-member board of directors composed of leading executives from its member companies. The executive team is led by CEO Jim McKenna.
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James C. McKennaPresident & CEO

James C. McKenna is PMA’s president and chief executive officer, a position he has held since 2004. During his tenure at PMA, he has overseen successful contract negotiations with the ILWU, and has worked to make the association more business-savvy and responsive to its members. All told, McKenna has nearly four decades of maritime industry experience, most recently at Horizon Lines as COO. He holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee.

img20Craig E. Epperson

Senior Vice PresidentGeneral Counsel and Secretary

Craig E. Epperson
Senior Vice President
General Counsel and Secretary

Craig E. Epperson has served as PMA’s senior vice president, general counsel and secretary since 1997. As such, he is responsible for legal matters and public affairs. Previously, he was a partner at the firm of Lillick, McHose, Wheat & Charles for two decades, and chairman of its labor and employment law practice group. He holds a J.D. from the Boalt School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Senior Vice PresidentLabor Relations and Chief Operating Officer

Stephen Hennessey
Senior Vice President
Labor Relations and Chief Operating Officer

Stephen Hennessey is senior vice president and chief operating officer of PMA, which he joined in 2004, first serving as vice president for labor relations in Southern California. He previously worked for Sea-Land Service and Horizon Lines, most recently as general manager, North American operations. He also worked for trucking company Roadway Express. He holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee.

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img22Michael H. Wechsler

Senior Vice PresidentFinance and Administration Chief Financial Officer

Michael H. Wechsler
Senior Vice President
Finance and Administration; Chief Financial Officer

Michael H. Wechsler is PMA’s chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance and administration. He also serves as a trustee of the ILWU-PMA pension, 401(k) savings and welfare plans that oversee benefits for longshore workers. Prior to joining PMA, he worked for the general counsel’s office of Merrill Lynch in the employee benefits group. He holds a J.D. from the University of Florida.

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