Georgia Ports Authority Names New Chief Officers for 2024

Georgia Ports Authority Names New Chief Officers for 2024

Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has announced significant leadership changes effective July 1, 2024. Flavio Batista, with over 44 years of experience in liner container shipping and logistics, will assume the role of Chief Commercial Officer. He joins GPA from Wallenius Wilhelmsen Group, where he served as senior vice president and head of Americas sales, overseeing ocean and logistics commercial development across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Latin America.

Rob Dooley, who brings extensive financial expertise from roles at Northrup Grumman and Integra Connect, will become GPA’s new Chief Financial Officer. His background in financial management and operational improvement is expected to bolster GPA’s strategic initiatives and financial stewardship.

“These appointments reflect our dedication to maintaining strong customer relationships and operational excellence,” said GPA President and CEO Griff Lynch. “Cliff and Michaela have set a high standard in professionalism and customer care, providing invaluable insight for our future success.”

The leadership transitions are part of a succession plan implemented in 2023 in preparation for the retirement of Chief Financial Officer Michaela Thompson and the transition of Chief Commercial Officer Cliff Pyron to an advisory role.

“Our goal is to support our customer growth with top-tier port infrastructure and future capacity,” stated Flavio Batista. “I am eager to lead international marketing, business development, and commercial performance to further enhance GPA’s role as a national gateway port.”

Rob Dooley expressed enthusiasm about his new role, stating, “GPA’s port master plan and strong leadership have generated excellent market momentum. I look forward to leading the CFO function as we continue to expand and innovate.”

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