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David M. Thomas was appointed as acting Executive Director of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) on Jan. 1, 2020.

Former Executive Director James J. White stepped down Dec. 31, 2019, after 18 years at the helm. In this role, Thomas oversees and manages the six public marine terminals of the Port of Baltimore. Prior to assuming his current position, Thomas had served as the Deputy Executive Director of Logistics and Port Operations for the MDOT MPA since December 2016.

Thomas’s responsibilities included oversight of all operations, cruises, logistics, intermodal trade development and security for the Port of Baltimore.

From 2001 through 2016, Thomas served as MDOT MPA’s Director of Operations. He oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Port of Baltimore’s public marine terminals.

Thomas has been directly involved with many significant projects at the Port of Baltimore, including the negotiations and development of the Wallenius Wilhelmsen mid-Atlantic load center at the Dundalk Marine Terminal, the development and operation of the Port’s cruise terminal and the negotiation and execution of the Seagirt Marine Terminal lease and concession agreement with Ports America Chesapeake.

Thomas began his maritime career in 1984 with Evergreen International Corporation. In November 1999, Thomas accepted a position as General Manager of Terminal Operations for the MDOT MPA. Thomas is the current chair of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board Freight Movement Task Force. He also serves on the board of directors for the North Atlantic Ports Association and the American Association of Port Authorities.

Thomas received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Towson University in 1982. He is married with two adult children and resides in Forest Hill, Md.