Crowley Maritime Corp. announces that Suz Michel has assumed the role of vice president of safety and
learning, a position that gives her oversight for both the Jacksonville,
Fla.-based company’s Safety, Security, Quality & Environmental (SSQE) and
People Development and Learning (PDL) groups.
Michel, who will relocate from Seattle to Jacksonville, will
continue to report to Carl Fox, senior vice president of corporate services.
In her new role, Michel will lead the blending of these two
groups under a singular managerial focus to promote synergies in the delivery
of training, compliance and operational excellence. Also under Michel's
leadership, the SSQE team will continue to ensure that Crowley's safety culture
— which the company says is its most important core value — is applied to all
areas of business and embodied by all employees.
Additionally, the company says, Michel will ensure that
another important company value, Our People, continues to promote developmental
opportunities for company employees.
"Suz has been instrumental in our culture-changing
process here at Crowley," Fox said in a company press statement. "She
has moved the company to a new level of excellence, and has helped our
employees to develop core competencies that raise the level of ability for them
to do their jobs well and safely. Additionally she will help lead our safety
culture initiatives as we continue to focus on its importance."
Michel, who most recently assumed the role of vice president
for PDL in early 2011, replaces Cole Cosgrove in this senior SSQE position.
Cosgrove recently assumed the role of vice president of marine operations for
Crowley's liner services groups.
In 2004 Michel joined Crowley in an SSQE role focused on
regulatory safety training. In 2007, she was promoted to director of PDL.
During her tenure with Crowley, the company says, Michel has been instrumental
in shaping the department and reinforcing Crowley's core value, Our People.
Programs have included leadership, supervision and employee development, as
well as safety training for crew and terminals.
She has an undergraduate degree in education and a master's
degree in industrial psychology. She received the company's highest honor, the
Thomas Crowley Trophy, in 2008.