Meet Our CEO
J. Edwin Webb
Chief Executive Officer
Louisiana businessman J. Edwin (Ed) Webb is the Chief Executive Officer of the World Trade Center New Orleans (WTCNO) where he manages and sets the strategic direction for this global trade association. The WTCNO’ mission is to foster economic development throughout Louisiana and the surrounding Gulf Coast Region by advocating for the support and the promotion of the international trade goals of its members and key stakeholders. The WTCNO was the first member of the World Trade Center Association over 75 years ago.*
Webb previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the World Trade Center Kentucky (WTCKY). During his tenure at the WTC-KY, the organization expanded its trade education program offerings to include a regionally recognized trade certification series, forged a partnership with the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky to design and conduct its first ever global training classes to its undergraduate students and MBA candidates, a program which has since expanded to four other Universities across the State, implemented the Center’s Trade Advisory Services division and has negotiated new business partnerships with government, business and trade associations across the region.
Webb is a regular speaker and has served on numerous panel discussions on international trade. His speaking engagements include his presentation on International Agriculture, Regional Agriculture Conference in Las Parejas, Argentina, Preparing for a Global Workforce hosted by the Office of Next Generation Learners, Kentucky Department of Education and Generating Jobs through Trade at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Labor and Economic Development Committee Summit. Webb has participated in the Liberty Fund conference on Free Trade, Liberty, andPeace. These small, scholarly conferences focus on themes in economics, history, law, political thought, literature,philosophy, religion, and the natural sciences. Liberty Fund conferences are attended by invitation only.
Ed’s business and international experience includes his role as the founding Executive Director of the Frazier Museum. While with the Frazier, he traveled extensively to the United Kingdom (UK) and negotiated with the British Royal Armouries to create a long-term collections loan agreement between the Armouries and the Frazier. This historic agreement was the first international collections loan of its kind outside the UK. Webb’s international experience includes his work in the United Kingdom, France, Argentina, Canada and Dubai, India and in Cuba.
Ed is a graduate of the University in Louisville and holds a Master of Business Administration from Bellarmine University. He obtained his MBA while training and studying in Moscow and in Perm, Russia. He has served as a guest instructor at both universities and formerly served on the adjunct staff of Bellarmine University. Ed has served in numerous board leadership positions which locally includes the Louisiana Board of International Commerce and the French American Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Chapter along with the following local recognitions : People to Watch, The Innovators/myNewOrleans.com, New and Notables/Business New Orleans, Power 20 Leaders in the Maritime and Port Industry in South Louisiana/City Business. Webb was appointed by the French Government in 2010 as the Honorary Consul of France for Kentucky until 2019.
*About the World Trade Center Association: The World Trade Center Association (WTCA) encompasses a global network of over 300 World Trade Centers in 92 countries. (www.wtca.org)