Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> August 28, 2012

Interview with the President and CEO, and SVP and CFO: Matson (MATX)

Cox, Matthew J.
Matthew J. Cox is President and CEO of Matson, Inc., and also serves on the board of directors. In addition to his Matson responsibilities, Mr. Cox is on the board of SSAT, a stevedoring joint venture in which Matson owns 35%. Prior to Matson, Mr. Cox had 15 years of experience in the transportation industry, 12 of which were spent at American President Lines, Ltd. From 1999 to 2001, he held executive posts at Distribution Dynamics, Inc.; he was the company's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the time he joined Matson. From 1987 to 1999, Mr. Cox held positions of increasing responsibility at APL, covering both financial and operational aspects of the company, including Vice President, refrigerated container market; Managing Director, Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent Region Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Director, financial support services. Mr. Cox serves on the board of the Standard Club and the Children’s Hospital of Oakland. Mr. Cox has a bachelor’s in accounting and finance from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a certified public accountant; he is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Profile
Wine, Joel M.
Joel M. Wine is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Matson, Inc., overseeing all financial matters, including accounting, tax, financial reporting and compliance functions, as well as corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, treasury, risk management and investor relations. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. Mr. Wine joined Alexander & Baldwin in September 2011 after 14 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a managing director in investment banking. At Goldman Sachs, Mr. Wine provided strategic M&A and financial advice to a broad spectrum of companies. Alexander & Baldwin was among Mr. Wine’s portfolio of clients since 2002. Mr. Wine holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He currently serves on the board of Signal. Profile
TWST: Until recently, Matson was part of Alexander & Baldwin. Please start by talking a bit about the history of the company and what led to the decision to spin off Matson as a separate