Longtime Industry Leader William Doyle To Head Port Of Baltimore

William Doyle, a former U.S. federal maritime commissioner and CEO and executive director of the Dredging Contractors of America, has been appointed by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to be the executive director of the Maryland Port Administration and head of the Port of Baltimore.

The appointment is effective July 22.

Doyle has nearly three decades of experience in the transportation and energy sectors. As a member of the Federal Maritime Commission from 2013–2018, Doyle represented the United States in numerous global negotiations and facilitated positive outcomes to disputes among maritime industry and labor groups. In his role, he aided U.S. Labor and Commerce secretaries in major labor negotiations and co-chaired maritime trade discussions with the People’s Republic of China, European Union Trade Commission, Panama and Greece.

From 2018 until now, Doyle led the Dredging Contractors of America. He was selected following a search committee that solicited candidates and fielded applications from interested people around the world.

Get the latest infrastructure and dredging news in your inbox.Powered by the Waterways Journal and International Dredging Review, our monthly Infrastructure Report newsletter covers dredging, construction and civil engineering.

“With a distinguished career in the maritime industry and international trade spanning nearly three decades, I am confident that Bill Doyle will lead the Port of Baltimore in driving Maryland’s economy forward,” Hogan said in announcing the appointment. “Under his leadership, the Port of Baltimore will continue to create jobs and keep the supply chain moving as it has throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Doyle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed marine engineer. He also has a law degree from Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, Pa., and is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center’s program at the Academy of WTO Law & Policy Institute of International Economic Law.

“Bill has experience with major infrastructure projects that will prove invaluable as the port continues to work with its private sector partners and the Baltimore community to deliver generational projects,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Greg Slater. “From global negotiations to working with Congress to fund critical dredging projects, Bill understands all the elements needed to propel the Port of Baltimore to the next level.”

The Port of Baltimore generates about 15,330 direct jobs and generates nearly $400 million annually in state and local tax revenues.