New leadership for the World Trade Center of New Orleans

This summer, the World Trade Center of New Orleans (WTCNO) gladly welcomed J. Edwin Webb as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer.

As leader of WTCNO, Webb has taken on the responsibilities of managing and directing strategies towards growing and supporting a thriving international business climate in New Orleans, and in Louisiana as a whole. The WTCNO and its trade partners serve as the international resource for our State and local economic development and foreign direct investment providers.

With eleven years of experience in leading international trade initiatives as the president and C.E.O. of the World Trade Center of Louisville, Kentucky, Webb’s expertise offers a bright outlook for the future of his new appointment. During his time in Louisville, Webb oversaw growth in the organization’s trade education programs; the negotiation of new partnerships with universities, governments, businesses and trade associations; and the implementation of the Center’s Trade Advisory Services division.

A graduate of the University of Louisville, with an MBA from Bellarmine, Webb has been recognized as an expert on subjects of international trade and invited to speak at conferences around the world on subjects including international agriculture and global workforces. He has served on boards of the Kentucky District Export Council, Alliance Francaise, Hadrian’s Wall Foundation and the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement, and he was appointed by the French government in 2010 to serve as the Honorary Consul of France for Kentucky.

Executive Director of the Port of South Louisiana Paul Aucoin said he believes Webb is a perfect fit for the position.

“He has the right personality for the job,” said Aucoin. “Webb doesn’t mind reaching out for advice, and I know he will do an excellent job in retaining existing members, as well as recruiting new members for the World Trade Center.”

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