Beth Rooney

Beth Rooney
Beth Rooney
Manager, Port Security
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Bethann Rooney was appointed the Director of the Port Department at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in April 2022. She oversees the management, operation, and ongoing development of the major marine terminal facilities in the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest and busiest seaport on the East Coast of North America.

Throughout her 32-year career, Rooney has distinguished herself as a leader in port operations, maritime transportation, and global logistics. Ms. Rooney regularly networks with a wide range of customers, partners, and stakeholders and has a proven track record of collaborative, inclusive, and transparent leadership. Since joining the Port Authority in 1993, she has held a series of management positions with progressive responsibilities including operations, leasing, property management, intermodal transportation, and technology planning. In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Bethann was named the first ever Manager, Port Security, a position she held for 14 years, developing, and managing best-in-class port security and emergency management programs. In April 2019 Ms. Rooney became the Port’s Deputy Director and was instrumental in finalizing the Port Master Plan 2050, helping to lead the Port through pandemic related growth in container volumes of more than 30% and gaining approval from the Army Corps of Engineers to further deepen the Port’s navigation channels to 55- feet.

She is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College with a Master’s in International Transportation and a Bachelor’s in Marine Transportation with qualifications as a Third Mate. She is also an Accredited Marine Port Executive (AMPE) from the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives, recipient of the US Secretary of Transportation’s 9/11 Medal and two-time recipient of the US Department of Homeland Security’s Distinguished Public Service Award.

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January 14
1:45 pm2:15 pm
River Pavilion, goTRG Stage
The past few years have certainly shown that supply chain disruptions can happen at any moment and have a significant impact on retail operations. The panel will examine some of the key lessons learned to help address congestion at our ports today as well as prepare for future events. We will hear from key port officials as well as a retailer on how we keep the supply chain moving in times of… Read more