Shinohara resigns; Baza appointed new port deputy general manager

Connie Shinohara resigned for personal reasons.

Connie Shinohara, the deputy general manager of the Port of Authority of Guam, has resigned. Luis Baza has been appointed to replace her.

The management change was announced at the PAG board meeting this morning. Shinohara’s nomination was accepted and the board voted without objection to appoint Baza as the new deputy general manager.

Port General Manager Rory Respicio said Shinohara resigned for personal reasons. He could not provide any details about why she decided to step down.

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“Other than the fact that for personal reasons is what she indicated in her letter. But at the board meeting, I also expressed my appreciation for Ms. Shinohara’s services to the port authority and we welcome Mr. Baza because of his own private and public sector experiences,” Respicio said.

Baza is the former director and current board member of the Civil Service Commission. He has also served at Guam Memorial Hospital.

In the private sector, he held management positions at Sky Chef and Cabras Marine. He specializes in human resource management.

Baza retired after 34 years of public and private service but he told the board he got tired of retirement, so he accepted the governor’s offer to take on the deputy manager’s job.