Ronald J. Forest


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.