Wilmington, N.C. – North Carolina Ports is pleased to announce the arrival of industry veteran Hans Bean as the new Vice President, Trade Development. At North Carolina Ports, Bean will apply his extensive commercial experience to further expand and assist its global customer base.
“We are excited about the positive momentum radiating throughout the organization right now and I believe Hans’ appointment is another encouraging sign that we are moving in the right direction,” said Executive Director, Paul J. Cozza. “Hans’ key leadership roles within the industry will prove valuable as we continue to reclaim the North Carolina market.”
Bean has over twenty years of expertise in the maritime industry having worked in shipping, supply chain and logistics, key client management and port business development among other related experience. Prior to his role as Vice President, Trade Development, Bean served as Senior Director, Commercial – Sales and Marketing for APM Terminals, North America. During his time with APM Terminals, he led development and contracting efforts that resulted in double digit growth in the United States, over $150M of new, profitable revenue streams and increased North American terminal activity by over 10 percent. In addition to his time with APM Terminals, Bean also spent over 10 years abroad with Maersk Line touting a focus on beneficial cargo owners.
A native of Southport, Bean considers his move over to North Carolina Ports a homecoming of sorts.
“As a graduate of South Brunswick High School, I am extremely excited to join the ranks at North Carolina Ports and make a positive impact on the Cape Fear Region,” said Bean. “The recently expanded capabilities and capacity at our Port of Wilmington gives our Business Development Department the ability to achieve new levels of competitiveness, thus broadening our reach.”
North Carolina’s Ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, plus inland terminals in Charlotte and in Greensboro, link the state’s consumers, businesses and industry to world markets, and serve as magnets to attract new business and industry to the State of North Carolina. Port activities contribute statewide to 76,000 jobs and $700 million each year in state and local tax revenues.