Joseph Lykes To Retire As Head Of Lykes Steamship; James Amoss To Be CEO
Joseph T. Lykes Jr. will retire at year-end as chairman and chief executive officer of Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., Inc., a subsidiary of The LTV Corporation.
He will be succeeded as chief executive officer by W. James Amoss Jr., president of the company. Mr. Lykes has served the New Orleans-based company for 35 years, rising through the ranks to president in 1962 and chairman in 1967. In 1968, he directed the acquisition of Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company which was merged into the newly formed Lykes Corporation. Mr. Lykes served as chairman of Lykes Corporation until its merger with LTV in 1978.
Mr. Amoss began his career with Lykes in 1947 after World War II service with the Navy. In 1950, he was recalled to duty in the Korean War. Returning to Lykes in 1952, he served in various executive posts in Europe from 1953 to 1963. Posted to company headquarters in New Orleans in 1963, he was named vice president-traffic and later executive vice president. In 1973, he was elected president and chief operating officer of the company. Mr. Lykes is the grandson of the late Dr. Howell Tyson Lykes, who with his seven.sons founded the Lykes shipping and agricultural enterprises in Tampa, Fla., in 1900. Headquartered today in New Orleans, the Lykes 46-vessel fleet is the largest U.S.-flag ocean carrier.