Don Kersey to join Port of Moses Lake as Executive Director

Dec 16, 2019

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – The Port of Moses Lake has selected Don Kersey as its executive director. Kersey joins the port Jan. 2, 2020.

Kersey, a Moses Lake native, has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience, including as Plant Manager with Joyson Safety Systems (formerly Takata Corp.), a longtime port tenant.

“We performed a nationwide search for our executive director, and Don is absolutely the right fit for the port and our community,” said Commission President Darrin Jackson. “We’re excited to welcome him to the team. His executive and international business experience, along with his strong local connections, will be key to our future as we grow and diversify the port and continue bringing jobs and economic benefit to Moses Lake.”

Kersey has been with Joyson since 1992, when the company was Takata Corp. Joyson bought Takata in 2010, and Kersey became Plant Manager in 2011, overseeing operations and financial direction for a complex organization of more than 500 people. His leadership during the Takata airbag recall helped Joyson emerge with a strong bottom line and untarnished reputation.

Kersey has also been closely involved with the Moses Lake community throughout his life and career. He is an active member of the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce and has served on boards with the Boys & Girls Club and Columbia Brain Cancer Foundation.

A licensed pilot, Kersey graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s in science. He and his family make their home in Moses Lake.


Created in 1965 by a vote of the people, the Port of Moses Lake lies halfway between Seattle and Spokane in the sunbelt of Washington state. With direct access to Interstate 90, a world-class airport, and over 5,700 acres of quality infrastructure, the port supports a wide range of aviation and commercial businesses.

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