Ed McCarthy

Chief Operating Officer | Georgia Ports Authority

Ed McCarthy serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Georgia Ports Authority.

A proven leader in the maritime industry, McCarthy is responsible for growth and development of GPA’s multiple operations, while maintaining world-class operating standards. His areas of responsibility include all operations, safety, engineering, and maintenance as well as protective services.

As COO, he oversees more than 900 direct reports, which represents nearly 90 percent of the GPA’s total workforce. His responsibilities include managing the directors of engineering and facilities maintenance; equipment maintenance and crane and ship operations; container operations; breakbulk and bulk operations; and the director of protective services, as well as the senior director of strategic operations and safety.

Prior to coming to the Georgia Ports Authority, McCarthy served as chief operating officer for CMA CGM America, where he oversaw an annual budget of $1.9 billion and led a team of 150 employees, managing more than 400 vendors in marine, rail, trucking, and logistics.

McCarthy obtained a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Maritime College, and a Master of Business Administration from William & Mary University. He and his wife, Heather, have a daughter and two sons and live in Savannah.

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