Phyllis Saathoff

Last modified on: 10-24-2019 11:09:47

Executive Director/CEO
(Port Freeport)

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Phyllis Saathoff Executive Director/CEO
Phyllis Saathoff is an accomplished executive with 24 years of service in the port industry. With a strong accounting and finance background combined with her operational leadership, Phyllis brings a proven track record to Port Freeport.

Phyllis began her maritime career at Port Freeport in 1992. She served as Managing Director, and then in April 2012, became the Interim Executive Port Director/CEO before joining the Port of Houston Authority in October 2012. Phyllis served in various capacities during her tenure at the Port of Houston Authority including, Chief People Officer and Deputy Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, she was responsible for public affairs, strategic planning, channel development, freight mobility and environmental affairs. Phyllis returned to Port Freeport in April 2016 as the Chief Executive Officer.

During her prior tenure at Port Freeport, Phyllis was successful in obtaining U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit to deepen the Freeport Harbor Channel to 55 feet, and in financing and initiating the development of the Port’s first container terminal. Phyllis received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for 21 consecutive years.

Phyllis earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, is a certified public accountant and is certified as a Professional Port Manager®.

Phyllis was recognized as one of the Top 10 Women in Gulf Transportation by Gulf Shipper Magazine. A recognized expert in port emergency preparedness, she is the author of the Emergency Preparedness and Continuity of Operations Planning Manual for Best Practices for ports.

She served as president of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones and is a former treasurer of the Texas Gulf Ports Association. Phyllis also served on the Port Authority Advisory Council to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). She is actively engaged with industry groups such as the American Association of Port Authorities and Texas Ports Association regarding maritime transportation, regulatory and policy matters and serves on the board of directors of the Economic Alliance of Brazoria County.

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(979) 233-2667 x4304
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