Paul J. Cozza
Executive Director


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.