The Federal Maritime Commission Newsroom


Senior FMC Executives and Managers Assume New Responsibilities

February 27, 2012

NR 12-04

Contact: Karen V. Gregory, Secretary (202) 523-5725

Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr., announced that six FMC executives and managers have taken on new leadership responsibilities:

  • Dr. Austin L. Schmitt is now serving as Director, Strategic Planning and Regulatory Review (202-523-5800,

  • Sandra L. Kusumoto is now serving as Director, Bureau of Trade Analysis (202-523-5796,

  • Vern W. Hill is now serving as Director, Bureau of Certification and Licensing (202-523-5787,

  • Jennifer M. Gartlan is now serving as Deputy Director, Office of Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services (CADRS) (202-523-5807,

  • Jeremiah D. Hospital is now serving as Director, Office of Transportation Intermediaries, Bureau of Certification and Licensing (202-523-5843,

  • Ronald Podlaskowich is now serving as Director, Office of Agreements, Bureau of Trade Analysis (202-523-5793,

FMC Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. stated: "I thank each of these talented individuals for taking on new responsibilities, which I believe will strengthen the FMC’s ability to tackle the challenges of supporting a dynamic maritime industry and better serving the American public."

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