GPA's Leadership Team

In keeping with the GPA’s mission, the Authority has a dynamic, diverse leadership that is redefining the pace of trade. Innovation, flexibility, and customer-driven solutions combine to meet the challenges of 21st century global logistics. With the Executive Director responsible for their hire, directors oversee the day-to-day management of their division, as well as the planning, development and implementation of initiatives relevant to their area.

Message From the Executive Director


Griff Lynch
Griff Lynch, Executive Director

At the Georgia Ports Authority, we are laying the foundation for a future in which our deepwater ports are even more powerful engines for economic development.

Infrastructure investment is a vital facet of our mission to accommodate growing trade, empower entrepreneurs and strengthen industries.

In a key development, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued contracts to dredge the final portion of Savannah’s shipping channel, and by late 2021 will deliver a deeper harbor and improved efficiency for Neo-Panamax vessels.

At Garden City Terminal, the Mason Mega Rail project will double rail lift capacity to 2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units per year. Phase I of the project opens in March 2020, with Phase II opening later in the year. This massive rail expansion will enable the Port of Savannah to capture additional market territory through direct service to population centers across the Midwest.

Dock upgrades and a growing crane fleet ensure Savannah can efficiently serve the largest container ships serving the U.S. East Coast today and well into the future.

In Brunswick, we are adding new space for auto processing to allow Colonel’s Island Terminal to take on substantial new business. No other U.S. auto port has as much room to grow along with customer needs. With 532 acres in use and another 400 acres permitted for development, Colonel’s Island is the nation’s single largest auto port.

By always preparing for the next evolution of global trade, the GPA is able to capitalize on favorable circumstances as they arise, from the export of plastic resins to the import of fresh produce to serve the Southeastern U.S.

The Authority’s forethought and flexibility are why Georgia is leading the way in superior service and innovative logistics solutions.

GRIFFITH V. LYNCH | Executive Director | LinkedIn

LISE ALTMAN | Chief Human Resources Officer

LORETTA LEPORE | Chief Communications Officer | LinkedIn

EDWARD McCARTHY | Chief Operating Officer | LinkedIn

JAMES C. McCURRY, JR. | Chief Administrative Officer | LinkedIn

CLIFFORD R. PYRON | Chief Commercial Officer | LinkedIn

BILL SUTTON | Chief Information Officer

MICHAELA I. THOMPSON | Chief Financial Officer | LinkedIn

KEVIN R. DOYLE | Senior Director of Protective Services | LinkedIn

SUSAN E. GARDNER | Senior Director of Operations and Projects | LinkedIn

BRUCE KUZMA | Senior Director of Trade Development, Ocean Carrier & Non-Container Sales | LinkedIn

WES LANIER | Senior Director of Strategic Operations and Safety

CHRISTOPHER B. NOVACK, P.E.| Senior Director of Engineering and Facilities Maintenance | LinkedIn

DANIEL E. ROHDE | Senior Director of Operations | LinkedIn