SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, U.S. — Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced recently that Griffith Lynch will assume the position of chief operating officer (COO) effective mid-March 2011.

“Griff has an excellent record of achievement and advancement in his career,” said Foltz. “His experience managing complex world-class operations and best practices in the international shipping industry will bring value to the GPA.”

Lynch has more than 20 years of terminal operations management experience in several East Coast locations. He comes to the GPA from Global Container Terminals, where most recently, he served as Vice President managing design and implementation of the significant expansion of the Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S. terminal.

Prior to joining Global Container Terminals, Lynch worked for Sea-Land, Inc. and APM Terminals for a combined 16 years. Lynch held various positions during his tenure. These included Vice President Sales and Marketing for North America; and senior director operations, where he was responsible for developing the “world class” state-of-the-art APM facility in Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.

As COO, Lynch will be responsible for sustaining the profitable growth and development of GPA’s operations, while maintaining world-class operating standards. His direct reports include the senior director of operations & maintenance, the senior director of engineering & facilities maintenance, and the director of protective services. A total staff of 850 employees will report to this position, which represents nearly 90% of the GPA’s total workforce.

Lynch has a bachelor of science in computer science from SUNY Maritime College.