Leon Hayward is the Assistant Director, Trade and Cargo Security, in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) New York Field Office (NYFO). He oversees all CBP activities related to the import and export of cargo through the New York/Newark Seaport, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and Newark-Liberty International Airport (EWR), in addition to overseeing the operation of the Pharmaceuticals, Health, and Chemicals Center of Excellence and Expertise (PHC Center).
Mr. Hayward also served as the Acting Director, Field Operations (DFO) for the NYFO from February 2017 until April 2018 and is the founding Director of the PHC Center where he served, concurrent with his ADFO duties, from October 2011 to September 2015.
Prior to arriving in New York in March 2006, Mr. Hayward spent nine (9) years at the U.S. Customs Service and then CBP Headquarters in Washington, DC, where he held a variety of positions in the Offices of International Affairs (OIA) and Field Operations (OFO).
Mr. Hayward started his career in 1991 as an Inspector with the U.S. Customs Service in his native Montana and subsequently served as an Import Generalist in the Port of Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1994 until beginning his service at Headquarters in 1997.