William (Bill) P. Doyle was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan as the Executive Director of the Maryland Port Administration (MPA) on July 22, 2020. As Executive Director, Mr. Doyle oversees and manages the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s six state-owned, public marine terminals. The marine terminals handle autos, breakbulk, containers, cruise, farm and construction equipment, and forest products.
The Port of Baltimore is one of the busiest seaports in the U.S. It handles more autos and farm and construction equipment than any other U.S. port. It is also one of a few East Coast ports with a 50-foot deep channel which allows it to accommodate some of the largest container ships in the world. The Port of Baltimore is one of Maryland’s leading economic generators with more than 15,300 direct jobs and more than 139,000 jobs in Maryland linked to it.
Prior to his appointment to the MPA, Mr. Doyle was the CEO and Executive Director for the Dredging Contractors of America, a non-profit trade association that represents the interests of the U.S. dredging and marine construction industry. Mr. Doyle developed the organization’s first formal continuing strategic plan and crafted legislative initiatives in conjunction with the White House and Congress which resulted in securing more than $2 billion for harbor maintenance dredging, deepening, widening, coastal restoration, and beach nourishment for the association’s membership. He also established relationships with private sector principals and the highest uniform and civilian leaders in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense, U.S. Trade Representative, and the departments of transportation and commerce.
Mr. Doyle served for five years (2013 through 2018) as a Federal Maritime Commissioner. He was nominated and then re-nominated by President Barack Obama and he also served under President Donald Trump. As a Commissioner, he chaired the U.S.-China Bilateral Maritime Trade Consultations and co-chaired the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Port Congestion Forum in Baltimore with the late Helen Bentley which included port authorities, rail transportation, ILA labor, and trucking industry participants. He also worked with marine terminals and ports on supply chain movement solutions during the Hanjin Lines bankruptcy. During his time as Commissioner, Mr. Doyle built strong relationships with major ocean carriers and alliances in both Europe and Asia.
From 2011 through 2013, Mr. Doyle was Chief of Staff for the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association. In that role, Mr. Doyle managed the executive staff and served as senior advisor for business development, legislative strategies, contract negotiations, and provided counsel to the board.
Prior to that, from 2008 through 2011, Mr. Doyle was Director of Permits, Scheduling, and Compliance for the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects. As lead negotiator for the federal government, he secured cost recovery and reimbursable agreements with multinational energy companies like Exxon, BP, and TransCanada Pipeline. He directed the permitting and regulatory coordination of 25 federal agencies, numerous State of Alaska agencies, and both federal and provincial agencies of Canada.
Mr. Doyle was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Weymouth. He is a 1992 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. As a cadet, he worked in the Quincy, Massachusetts shipyard breaking out vessels for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon graduation, he began sailing as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine. As a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer from 1992 to 2002, his shipboard experience included serving aboard ammunition ships in and around Diego Garcia, car carriers servicing Europe and the Pacific Rim, tanker vessels, and in the U.S. Maritime Administration’s U.S. Ready Reserve Force Fleet. While still serving in the U.S. Merchant Marine, Mr. Doyle entered law school at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Throughout law school, Commissioner Doyle worked his summer and winter breaks serving aboard pre-positioning ships in South Carolina, delivering jet fuel to Haifa, Israel, and transporting liquid-sulfur between ports along the Gulf Coast of the United States.