Leadership

Paul J. Cozza
Executive Director

paul.cozza@ncports.com

Paul J. Cozza was appointed Executive Director of the North Carolina State Ports Authority in April 2014.

Under Mr. Cozza’s leadership the Authority has embarked on a more than $200 million infrastructure investment plan, welcomed the largest container vessels in the Port of Wilmington’s history and recently achieved a record Fiscal Year 2018.

Prior to his role as Executive Director, Mr. Cozza served as the President of The CSL Group, a marine logistics company and the world’s largest owner and operator of self-unloading vessels. He also served in several executive roles for The Maersk Group, to include Senior Vice-President for Maersk Line, Limited and the Vice President for Network Planning. In addition to his experience with the world’s largest container line, Mr. Cozza has more than a decade of experience with Sea-Land Service, Inc. and CSX Corporation.  He was the Vice President for Terminal Operations and General Manager, Europe with Sea-Land as well as the Marketing Director, Asia and Americas Container Services.

Paul is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in the U.S. Army.  He lives in the Wilmington area with his wife and has two daughters.