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John Atkins

John Atkins is a 30-year maritime executive with extensive experience that spans both marine terminal and ocean carrier operations. As President of GCT USA, he is responsible for the strategic oversight and daily operations of two container terminals in New York and New Jersey. Throughout his career, he has held senior management positions including posts at CMA CGM and NYK. He maintains a distinctive hands-on approach with a focus on customer service.

John is a member of the Board of Directors/Trustee of the Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association and New York Shipping Association. In addition, John is on the Board for the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and several charities in the Staten Island and Hudson County communities, which reinforces GCT’s philosophy strong corporate citizenship.

John’s leadership role also extends into the port community. He is the Chair for both the Confidential Discussion Agreement and the Sustainable Terminal Services Agreement, two entities that help to further the services of the terminals in the Port of New York/New Jersey. He is also on the Council for Port Performance, and is Chair for the Gate Operations Implementation Team.

John began his career in the industry at SeaLand after graduating from Kean University with a B.S. in Management Science.