The JAXPORT Board of Directors has named Miami's Deputy Port Director Juan Kuryla as its new CEO.
Kuryla was one of eight candidates who met with Board members. Prior to the final vote, the list was cut down to three earlier on Monday.
Board members say they were impressed with him energy and vision.
Kuryla replaces Paul Anderson who left JAXPORT earlier this year to take charge of the Port of Tampa.
Board members did express concerns that Kuryla might leave if the top job becomes available in Miami in a few years.
He responded by saying he plans to remain in Jacksonville as long as the board wants him to be here.