Foltz to step down after 12 years of service to the GPA


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Savannah, Ga. – Feb. 3, 2016 – The Georgia Ports Authority’s Board of Directors announced today that its Executive Director, Curtis J. Foltz, will step down at the end of the Fiscal Year, June 30.

“Curtis Foltz has led the GPA to achieve great things over the past six years as Executive Director, and the six years prior as Chief Operating Officer,” said Jim Walters, Chairman of the Board. “In addition to record cargo growth, GPA, under Curtis’ leadership, modernized its terminals and developed operational practices that increased efficiency, improved safety and focused on environmental stewardship. The Board is grateful for the many contributions he made to the Authority during his distinguished career as Executive Director and as Chief Operating Officer.”

Foltz has agreed to provide consulting services to the GPA for one year after his departure.

The Board also unanimously accepted the nominating committee’s recommendation to appoint the current Chief Operating Officer, Griff Lynch, to succeed Foltz. Nominating Committee Chairman Jimmy Allgood praised Lynch for his role as COO: “Griff’s extensive operational and port management skills make him the perfect candidate to replace Curtis and continue the success the Authority has achieved.”

Foltz thanked Governor Deal, the Georgia General Assembly, his Board of Directors, the ILA leadership and most importantly GPA’s 1,100 employees for their full support during his 12 year career.”There is simply no better team anywhere in the maritime community than here at the GPA. Griff is the right choice to lead this great organization to new heights.”

Find print-quality images of port operations here. Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 369,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $20.4 billion in income, $84.1 billion in revenue and $2.3 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 8 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 11 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in CY2014.

For more information, contact GPA’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855. Visit the GPA web site at