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April 1-3, 2025
Hilton University of Houston
Houston, TX

Ed McCarthy

Ed McCarthy

Chief Operations Officer
Georgia Ports


Ed McCarthy serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Georgia Ports Authority. He has served on the GPA leadership team for more than seven years and is responsible for the 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, Ed oversees more than 1,600 employees which represents nearly 90 percent of the GPA’s total workforce.

Prior to coming to the GPA, Ed served as Chief Operating Officer for CMA CGM America, a global shipping leader. Ed obtained a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Maritime College, and a Master of Business Administration from William & Mary University. He and his wife, Heather, are blessed to live in Savannah, GA.