The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) has named Matthew Ott as the new president and chief executive officer of the Arlington, Virginia, USA-headquartered organization. He will assume the position on June 1, succeeding Corey Rosenbusch who stepped down earlier this year to take the helm at The Fertilizer Institute in Washington, DC.
“On behalf of the search committee and executive committee of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), I am very pleased to welcome Matt,” said Andrew B. Janson of MTC Logistics, chairman of the search committee and immediate past chairman of the IARW, one of four core partners of the GCCA. “He will provide strong leadership as we continue to address the strategic priorities of the membership and meet the evolving needs of our industry.”
Ott brings to the job extensive knowledge of the food supply chain and experience in trade association leadership through his nine years at the National Grocers Association (NGA), most recently serving as the executive vice president and chief operating officer as well as executive director of the NGA Foundation. Before joining NGA in 2011, he worked for the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
“GCCA is a vibrant global association at the forefront of one of the most critical industries in the world – the perishable food supply chain,” said Ott. “I look forward to working with the staff and members on advancing the organization and industry forward during this time of unprecedented change.”
In addition to Janson, members of the search committee included Larry Alderfer of United States Cold Storage, Brian Beazer, of WCS Logistics, Fred Boehler, of Americold Logistics, Ron Buford of Premier Refrigerated Warehouse, Adam Forste of Lineage Logistics, and Ray Tarnowski, chairman of the Past Chairmen’s Council.
In addition to the IARW, other core partners of the GCCA are the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), and the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA).