Gary LaGrange

Port of New Orleans
Geo Area
Region 1

Gary LaGrange has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of New Orleans since 2001. Under LaGrange’s direction the Port made great expansions in spite of facing great adversity. During his tenure, the Port opened new, state-of-the art container, cruise and refrigerated terminals. LaGrange’s leadership brought the Port of New Orleans back into operation two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the most extensive natural disaster in U.S. history.

LaGrange serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Waterways Council, Inc. and has been champion of National Waterways Council for two years. He also serves on the Boards of the Gulf Ports Association of the Americas and is past chairman and past president of the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association. He has served as Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities He was named the Maritime Person of the Year by the Propeller Club of New Orleans in 2003, and Maritime Person of the Year by the Propeller Club of the Port of Gulfport in 2001. He was named the “Man of Steel” by the American Institute for International Steel (AIIS), and received the Leadership Award and named to the Hall of Fame by the International Maritime Association at the United Nations in New York. He was also named to the National Rivers Hall of Fame in Dubuque, Iowa and to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Advisory Council on Trade and Transportation.

Before taking leadership at the Port of New Orleans, LaGrange served as the Executive Director of the Mississippi State Port Authority in Gulfport, MS, Executive Director of the Port of South Louisiana, and Executive Director of the Port of St. Mary in Franklin, LA.

LaGrange attended Louisiana State University. He received his B.A. in Geography/Economics from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He also completed a Master of Arts in Urban Planning, with honors from USL, in addition to having earned the Professional Port Manager Certification (PPM) from the American Association of Port Authorities.