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John C. Driscoll (Chair)
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Alabama Port Authority
Mobile, Alabama

Appointed: January 2022
Term expires: December 31, 2024

John C. Driscoll was named director and chief executive officer of Alabama Port Authority in 2020. Since taking the helm, Mr. Driscoll has implemented a major capital expansion program to meet cargo volume growth in the port's coal, container intermodal, and freight rail business lines. Between state and federal grants, public-private partnerships, and port revenue, the director is overseeing a ten-year, $2 billion capital program.

The Alabama Port Authority owns and operates the state of Alabama's deep water public port facilities at the Port of Mobile, the 11th-largest US seaport by volume. In 2021, the Port Authority's facilities handled approximately 24.5 million tons of cargo and delivered a total economic value of $85 billion to the state of Alabama. In partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the port is actively deepening the Mobile Harbor Channel to 50 feet and widening the channel to accommodate two-way traffic. Once complete, the Port of Mobile will be the deepest container terminal in the Gulf of Mexico.'

Prior to joining the Port Authority, Mr. Driscoll was the maritime director at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California, from 2014 to 2020, where he oversaw operations and marketing at one of the nation's top container seaports. He is credited for improving Oakland's operating efficiency and financial performance. Driscoll has also held a variety of leadership positions in the maritime industry, including at CMA CGM LLC, Maersk Line, and Sea-Land Service Inc.

Mr. Driscoll serves as chair of the board of directors of the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and is also a member of the Business Council of Alabama, among other community organizations. He earned his BS in business management from the University of Maryland.