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NC Ports Announces New Leadership

NC Ports Announces New Leadership

After Paul J. Cozza 's retirement at the end of this year, Brian E. Clark will take over as Executive Director of the North Carolina State Ports Authority.


By 31 December Clark will continue to serve as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director of North Carolina Ports and Cozza as Executive Director.

Before joining NC Ports in June 2017, Clark worked in various senior roles throughout the maritime industry, including as Managing Director of APM Terminals in Port Elizabeth, NJ, and as Project Director for APM Terminals in Mobile, Ala.

In April 2014 Cozza was named to the top spot in the port authority. Under his leadership, NC Ports achieved its most profitable years on record; embarked on a program for capital improvements of more than $200 million; reintroduced intermodal rail; and welcomed the largest container vessels in the history of the Ports Authority.

In addition, container volumes through the Port of Wilmington increased by 25 percent during its tenure, while general cargo increased by 58 percent at the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City. NC Ports has also been a major player in the cold-chain market. The number of containers refrigerated through the Port of Wilmington has more than quadrupled since 2014.

“It has been an honor to lead North Carolina Ports. Our organization has made tremendous strides over the last several years and it has been exciting to be a part of the progress and witness its positive impacts on our state,” said Paul J. Cozza, Executive Director.

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