Rucker appointed Tideworks Technology president
Rucker will relocate to Seattle in August to transition into the role
Tideworks Technology’s Thomas J. Rucker will assume the role of president on 1 September, succeeding Michael Schwank who is retiring after 19 years at the company’s helm.
Rucker, currently vice president of operations at Panama’s Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT), where he is responsible for managing liner customer relationships, strategic planning and ensuring terminal productivity and KPI performance, will relocate to Seattle, US, in August to transition into the role.
“We are excited to have someone as talented and experienced as T.J. take on responsibility for this key leadership role,” said Knud Stubkjaer, CEO of US-headquartered Carrix, parent company of SSA Marine, Tideworks Technology and Rail Management Services.
He added: “Michael’s steadfast guidance over the years has been instrumental in shaping Tideworks to be the force for intelligent technology and operations efficiency. He departs Tideworks with a great legacy for us to cultivate and continue to develop as the company continues to grow.”
Rucker joined SSA Marine in 1999 as a project manager and moved into a variety of technology roles. He then oversaw IT operations at MIT in Panama, and eventually came to lead IT operations for all of SSA Marine’s Central and South American activities.
In 2006, Rucker returned to Seattle to head up Tideworks’ products and professional services groups, a position he held until his return in 2012 to MIT as the vice president of operations.
Schwank has clocked up a total of 35 years of service with Carrix, becoming president of Tideworks Technology in 1998. During his decades-long tenure, he supported many leading-edge initiatives at the company that were instrumental in supporting marine and rail operations growth and development.