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.