James S. Bibbs – Chief Human Resources Officer

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James S. Bibbs is the chief human resources officer (CHRO) for the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) and is responsible for developing and transforming Port of Virginia colleagues across the enterprise into a competitive advantage and transforming the quality of the company’s workplace into an industry leader. He also provides strategic leadership by articulating human resource needs and plans to the executive management team, shareholders and to the VPA Board of Commissioners.

Jim is specifically focused on building a human capital strategy that supports the business initiatives that will create a sustainable path forward.

“The Port of Virginia’s largest asset is the people and it is my responsibility to set the direction to make certain that the company values its employees as much as its operations. My management philosophy is to continuously assess the organization’s values to find the best position – and opportunities — for colleagues to exercise their skill sets in the best way possible to achieve maximum results that will benefit the company as a whole.”

Jim finds the best way to serve as that trusted advisor to his colleagues, it is to learn the business. This, he says, helps avoid over-complicating things while maintaining fairness, consistency and transparency.

“Seeing your colleagues develop as people and professionals will help lead the organization to success. I enjoy encouraging and coaching those facing challenges in order to help them achieve their goals. The ongoing goal is to establish and expand the right programs and processes to position people for success. This leads to a sustainable future for the organization.”

Jim was previously with Quintiles in Durham, NC, where he served as director of human resource operations in North America, and was responsible for strategic guidance and change management as well as ensuring organizational objective alignment among other duties. Prior to that, Jim worked for Citigroup, where he was the vice president of human resources, and he also worked with Sanofi Aventis, Johnson and Johnson and started his career with Maersk Inc. where he served in operations, sales and human resources.

Jim has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication from Lock Haven University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and LEAD Virginia. He is also on the Board for the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Festevents, VolunTier Vision (an initiative of Volunteer Hampton Roads) and is an active member of the UNCF’s Mayor’s Masked Ball Committee.