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Governor Roy Cooper Appoints Robert A. Wicker as Chairman of NC Ports Board of Directors

May 9, 2018

Wilmington, N.C. – Governor Roy Cooper has named Robert A. Wicker of Greensboro the next chairman of the North Carolina Ports Board of Directors. Wicker will serve a six-year term.

“I am grateful that Mr. Wicker, a dedicated North Carolinian, will share his experience and expertise with our state through public service,” Governor Cooper said.

Wicker has experience with North Carolina Ports as he previously served on the Board of Directors. He retired in 2014 as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for General Parts International, Inc. Wicker also served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Associate Corporate Secretary for Burlington Industries, Inc. He served five years as a Captain, US Army, Judge Advocate General Corps, where he was a Trial Counsel, Defense Counsel and Special Courts-Martial Judge.

“It is an honor to be appointed by Governor Cooper to lead the Board of Directors. North Carolina Ports is an economic engine for the state. I look forward to serving on the Board and continuing the Authority’s mission of enhancing the economy of North Carolina,” said Wicker.

In addition to Wicker’s appointment, Governor Cooper also appointed long-time board member Robert O. Hill Junior as vice chair. Hill has been serving on the North Carolina Ports Board of Directors since 2009.

The Board is responsible for staying informed on world trade and economic trends and developments, and making informed decisions about the Ports’ operation. Board membership is comprised of the NC Secretary of Transportation and six members appointed by the governor. The remaining four are appointed by the General Assembly. The governor selects the chairman and the vice chairman.

About North Carolina Ports

North Carolina’s Ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, plus inland terminals in Charlotte and in Greensboro, link the state’s consumers, businesses and industry to world markets, and serve as magnets to attract new business and industry to the State of North Carolina. Port activities contribute statewide to more than 76,000 jobs and $700 million each year in state and local tax revenues.