WASHINGTON – Only a month before the controversy arose over a United Arab Emirates company approved to control U.S. port operations, a top executive of DP World was named as U.S. maritime administrators reporting directly to Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta.

The nomination of David Sanborn, however, is certain to face some scrutiny in confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate in light of the questions being raised about the deal.

Sanborn currently holds the position of director of operations for Europe and Latin America for the Dubai-based company.

“While we are sorry to lose such an experienced and capable executive, it is exactly those qualities that will make Dave an effective administrator for MarAd,” said Mohammed Sharaf, chief executive officer of DP World. “We are proud of Dave’s selection and pleased that the Bush administration found such a capable executive. We wish him all the best in his new role.”

Sanborn, a graduate of the United States Merchant Maritime Academy, joined DP World in 2005. He previously held senior roles with shipping lines CMA-CGM (Americas), APL Ltd and Sea-Land and has been based, besides the U.S., in Brazil, Europe, Hong Kong and Dubai during his career. He has also served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

DP World is a leading global port operator with a portfolio of operations in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. The company has 22 container terminals in 15 countries. It is partly owned by the government of the UAE.

In March 2005, DP World was awarded a 30-year concession to develop and operate the container terminal at the Port of Fujairah, in the UAE. This was followed in July 2005 by the awarding of a management contract for Mina Zayed Port, Abu Dhabi. In June, 2005 DP World was short listed as preferred bidder to operate the container terminal at the Port of Aden.

In November 2005 DP World also announced agreements to develop new container terminals at Yarimca, Turkey and Qingdao, China.

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