John Lauer is Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. In this post, Lauer is responsible for sales, marketing, customer service, pricing and government services for the ocean transportation division of Matson.
Lauer has more than 30 years of experience in the maritime industry. He joined Matson in 2007 as director, transpacific services, and has had a leadership role in establishing Matson as the premier service oriented carrier in the Pacific. Lauer was promoted to vice president, transpacific services, in 2012.
Prior to Matson, Lauer worked for APL for 19 years in a succession of positions with increasing responsibility in Chicago, Houston, Denver, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and New Jersey. Some of his key roles at APL included vice president, eastern region; managing director, western region sales; and director of sales, Hong Kong/S PRC. Lauer has a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Peter T. Heilmann is Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Matson, Inc. He is responsible for overseeing all of Matson's legal, legislative and human resources activities. His accomplishments include handling the separation from Alexander and Baldwin and Matson’s transition to a publicly traded company, the acquisitions of Horizon Lines’ Alaska business and Span Alaska, and the resolution of significant litigation matters favorable to the company.
Heilmann joined Matson in 2012 as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer from 2014 to 2017. Prior to Matson, Heilmann had 20 years of legal experience in private practice, including over 10 years as a partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in San Francisco. At Gibson Dunn, he had extensive experience representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic investments as well as counseling boards of directors and senior management on corporate and business law matters, including SEC public reporting requirements and corporate governance. He has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Davis and a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.
Joel M. Wine is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Matson, Inc. overseeing all financial matters, including accounting, financial reporting and compliance functions, as well as corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, treasury and investor relations. Previously, he was the senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
Wine joined Alexander & Baldwin in September 2011 after fourteen years at Goldman Sachs where he was a managing director in investment banking. At Goldman Sachs, Wine provided strategic and financial advice to a broad spectrum of companies across the nation, including companies in the transportation and real estate sectors. Alexander & Baldwin was among Wine's portfolio of clients since 2002.
Wine holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.
Rusty Rolfe is President of Matson Logistics, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Matson, Inc. Rolfe's responsibilities encompass overseeing all facets of the company's logistics services, including domestic and international rail intermodal service, long haul and regional highway brokerage, supply chain services and LTL transportation services, as well as third-party logistics services that include warehousing, distribution, and international freight forwarding.
Rolfe joined Matson Logistics in December 2001 as Executive Vice President. Prior to Matson Logistics, Rolfe had 19 years of experience in the transportation industry, 11 of which were spent at American President Lines, Ltd., (APL). From 2000 to 2001, Rolfe was president of RISS/USSI, a division of Worldpoint Logistics. He also worked in the LTL and rail industries with Milne Truck Lines, Viking Freight and Consolidation Rail Corporation. Rolfe has held both operations and sales management positions throughout his career.
Ronald J. Forest was appointed President of Matson on April 27, 2017. He is responsible for all of the company's operations, including vessels, terminals, container equipment, labor relations, purchasing and engineering.
Forest's career in the maritime industry began in 1978, including eight years with APL and nine years with United States Lines. His Matson career began in 1995 as operations manager, Southern California. He was promoted in 1996 to area manager, Northern California, and was made a vice president of Matson Navigation Company in 1998. That same year he assumed the responsibility of overseeing the company's labor relations and was later promoted to vice president, area manager, Southern California.
In 2000, Forest was promoted to president and chief executive officer of Matson Logistics and transferred to Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. As head of Matson Logistics, Forest was responsible for overseeing the management and continued growth of Matson's largest subsidiary. In 2002, Forest transferred back to Matson as head of the company's operations division, as well as overseeing Matson's investment in SSAT, a West Coast stevedoring joint venture with SSA Marine. He was promoted to senior vice president in 2003.
Forest has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. He serves on the board of directors of the Pacific Maritime Association. He also serves on the boards of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross, the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, and the Oakland Chamber of Commerce.