Karen Porteous was appointed to the executive team in September 2011. In this position, she provides corporate oversight over the Human Resources, People & Organizational Development, Information Technologies, and Office of the District Clerk. She serves as the Port’s Chief Negotiator for employee labor negotiations. Porteous began her career at the Port in September 1995 in the Human Resources Department. Prior to her employment at the Port, Porteous spent more than 13 years working in the human resources field for private companies including H.J. Heinz Corporation and Raytheon Service Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.