The former head of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Vanta Coda, who resigned in February, has resurfaced as the new chief executive officer of the Ports of Indiana.

Coda will take over leadership of the Ports of Indiana on July 1. His move has not been a well-kept secret, but it had been unclear what role he was taking with the Ports of Indiana - which features ports in Burns Harbor, Jeffersonville and Mount Vernon.

Coda takes over for the retiring top executive, Rich Cooper, said a Ports of Indiana news release this week.

Coda enjoyed a strong run at the local Port Authority, leading the completion of Docks C and D, and launching both the Duluth Cargo Connect initiative and an intermodal terminal with Canadian National Railway.

“We’re excited to find someone with Vanta’s extensive experience,” said Ports of Indiana Commission Chairman Ken Kaczmarek in the news release.

Coda will work out of the Ports of Indiana central office based in Indianapolis.

“I could not be more excited about the transformational opportunities that lie ahead,” Coda said. “Indiana truly has a unique port system that is recognized around the maritime industry as one of the premier port authorities in the country.”