Foltz makes way for Lynch at GPA

Foltz will step down from the GPA after 12 years of service Foltz will step down from the GPA after 12 years of service

The Georgia Port Authority (GPA) has announced that its executive director will step down from his role at the end of the fiscal year, 30 June 2016.

Curtis J Foltz has been executive director for six years, having previously been GPA’s chief operating officer.

He has agreed to provide consulting services to the GPA for one year after his departure.

"In addition to record cargo growth, GPA, under Curtis' leadership, modernized its terminals and developed operational practices that increased efficiency, improved safety and focused on environmental stewardship,” said Jim Walters, chairman of the GPA’s board of directors.

He said: “The Board is grateful for the many contributions he made to the Authority during his distinguished career as Executive Director and as Chief Operating Officer."

The board unanimously appointed the current chief operating officer, Griff Lynch, to succeed Mr Foltz.

Nominating committee chairman, Jimmy Allgood, praised Mr Lynch: “"Griff's extensive operational and port management skills make him the perfect candidate to replace Curtis and continue the success the Authority has achieved."

Mr Foltz thanked Governor Deal, the Georgia General Assembly, his Board of Directors, the ILA leadership and GPA's 1,100 employees for their full support during his 12-year career.

He concluded: “There is simply no better team anywhere in the maritime community than here at the GPA. Griff is the right choice to lead this great organization to new heights."

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