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GCCA Leadership Changes To Enhance Services To Cold Chain Industry

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The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) has made three key staff changes – Brian P. Lynch is joining the company and Megan Costello and Lowell Randel are receiving promotions.

GCCA Brian Lynch
Brian Lynch

Lynch is joining the GCCA team as SVP of business development and member programs on July 6. He brings a 20-year track record of developing partnerships, programs, education, events and services for the organizations and members that he has served. His experience as an executive with International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA), National Grocers Association (NGA) and Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) also will provide GCCA with a robust executive network and portfolio of issue expertise in the consumer packaged goods (CPG), retail, foodservice and distribution segments.

“It’s an honor to join GCCA and serve this essential and innovative segment of the global supply chain during this unprecedented time of accelerating change and opportunity,” said Lynch.  “I look forward to collaborating with GCCA’s core partner members and GCCA’s talented team in enhancing the cold chain’s leadership role in providing a safe and reliable food supply around the globe.”

Reporting directly to GCCA’s president and CEO, Lynch will oversee the creation and enhancement of all non-dues revenue-producing programs and services that benefit GCCA’s 1,300 member companies in 85 countries. These include market research and intelligence, the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) Institute, WFLO Scientific Advisory Council, certification programs such as Energy Excellence and the Certified Cold Carrier program, and all events, including the GCCA Cold Chain Conference & Expo, IARW-WFLO Convention, Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA) Conference & Expo and the GCCA Cold Chain Policy Forum.

“We are excited to have Brian join the GCCA team. His depth of knowledge of the issues that our members and our members’ customers face will help us take our member programs and engagement strategy to a whole new level,” said Matthew Ott, CMP, CAE, president and CEO.

GCCA Lowell Randel
Lowell Randel
GCCA Megan Costello
Megan Costello

In recognition of their commitment to excellence and outstanding leadership, Costello and Randel have been promoted effective immediately. Costello has been promoted from chief operating officer to EVP and chief of staff. Costello has been with the association for more than seven years and in addition to overseeing the organization’s operations, has also played a key role in membership and international program growth. Randel has been promoted to SVP of government and legal affairs. Randel, who has been with the association for 11 years, has long led the organization’s government relations initiatives and most recently served as the association’s spokesperson on all matters related to COVID-19.

“Both Megan and Lowell have been vital members of the GCCA team and have played a significant role in ensuring that our members and partners across the world have received exceptional service,” said Ott. “Their insight will be vital to our executive team as we continue to enhance member value

across all programs and initiatives and assist our members’ efforts to provide people across the world with access to the safest, highest quality food possible.”

Comprised of its core partners, including the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA) and the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA), the GCCA represents all major industries engaged in temperature-controlled logistics. GCCA unites all partners to be innovative leaders in the temperature-controlled products industry.

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