Ports of Indiana hires East Coast port executive to lead Jeffersonville port
A former North Carolina Ports executive with Indiana ties has been named Port Director for the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville. Jeff Miles, a born-and-raised Hoosier and veteran of the maritime industry, has returned to Indiana to lead port operations and business development at the southern Indiana port.
Miles’ industry experience includes more than 30 years as a senior-level manager in the port, maritime transportation and logistics sectors. As a key member of the North Carolina State Ports Authority senior executive team from 2005 to 2017, Miles held positions including Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Executive Director and Interim Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his time at the North Carolina Ports, Miles served 10 years as General Manager of Container Operations at the South Carolina State Ports Authority and three years as President of a private marine terminal company specializing in bulk and breakbulk operations.
“Jeff’s extensive port operations and leadership experience, coupled with his background in strategic planning, perfectly position our Jeffersonville port for continued growth,” said Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper.
Miles takes over the position from Scott Stewart, who left in early January after six years at the port to spend more time on community development and charitable projects.
“It feels like I’m coming home,” said Miles. “It’s truly an honor to have the opportunity to help my home state in an industry that has been such a large part of my professional career.”
In addition to his port leadership roles, he has also managed intermodal logistics and terminal operations for major ocean carriers, including Maersk Line and U.S. Lines, and worked as a logistics, shipping and business consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Booz Allen Hamilton.