The Port of Corpus Christi's Executive Director John Larue announced his retirement Thursday.

Larue has been with the Port since 1994 and has led the area in becoming a high-volume exporter of crude oil.

Sean Strawbridge, current deputy executive director of the Port, will taking over for Larue and will be tasked with continuing the growth of the Port.

Larue will officially retire in June of 2019.

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