Meet Our Executive Team
J. Edwin Webb
Chief Executive Officer
Louisiana businessman J. Edwin (Ed) Webb is the Chief Executive Officer of the World Trade Center New Orleans. The World Trade Center New Orleans (WTCNO) is the founding member of the World Trade Center Association (WTCA) which encompasses a global network of over 300 World Trade Centers in 92 countries. The WTCNO represents and advocates for businesses from across the region and serves as an economic development catalyst through international trade. Webb manages and sets the strategic direction for this global trade association.
Before accepting this position, Ed was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the World Trade Center Kentucky (WTC-KY). During his eleven years 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 model that has since been offered and held at other Universities across the State, implemented the Center’s Trade Advisory Services division and 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. A partial list of his speaking engagements include: Kentucky and International Agriculture, Regional Ag 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 participated in the Liberty Fund conference entitled Free Trade, Liberty, and Peace. 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 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 UK, France, Argentina, and Dubai, India and in Cuba. He obtained his MBA while training and studying in Moscow and in Perm, Russia. Ed is a graduate of the University in Louisville and holds a Master of Business Administration from Bellarmine University. He was a guest instructor at both universities and formerly served on the adjunct staff of Bellarmine University. Ed has served in numerous board leadership positions and currently serves on the boards of the Kentucky District Export Council, Alliance Francaise and the Hadrian’s Wall Foundation in the UK and on the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM) Board of Directors. Webb was appointed by the French Government in 2010 to serve as the Honorary Consul of France for Kentucky.
Meaghan McCormack is the Vice President of Program Management & Strategic Partnerships for the World Trade Center New Orleans. In addition to external affairs, public relations and strategy, Meaghan manages all aspects of WTC industry committees, programs, and events such as the signature Bertel Award Ceremony and Louisiana International Trade Week and Gala. She also leads the organization’s Global Connect program for international delegations and the Louisiana Consular Corps. Meaghan previously worked for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, helping catalyze small business owners through education, advising and access to capital. She also taught online tools training to small business owners through the Google Community Leaders Program. Originally from a small town in upstate New York, Meaghan knows and values the positive impact small businesses have, both regionally and beyond.
Meaghan received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management and Marketing with minors in Sociology and Mass Communications from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, she was the President of the American Marketing Association, Vice President of the Loyola Entrepreneur Association, and Chancellor of Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. She is also a graduate of the New Orleans Business Alliance’s Economic Development Ambassador program and the Young Leadership Council’s Leadership Development Series, and is a member of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) Class of 2019. She participated in the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans Class of 2018, where she worked with other members of the Juvenile Justice team to raise funds, vet, and grant $10,000 two non-profit organizations working to dismantle the school to prison pipeline. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the French American Chamber – Gulf Coast and the Board Engagement Chair for Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans Young Professionals.
Passionate about creating meaningful change, Meaghan is also an avid volunteer and has worked with the Harry Tompson Center homeless shelter, the Edible Schoolyard, and for the Orleans Public Defenders. In everything she does, Meaghan seeks to support socially responsible business and make sure every aspect of local communities thrive.
Caroline Castigliola is the Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy for the World Trade Center New Orleans. Caroline handles all aspects of WTCNO membership, serving as liaison between the organization and its 1,000+ diverse companies and executives. In addition to working to continually grow the resources and overall value of WTCNO memberships, Caroline is responsible for cultivating new members who will benefit from WTCNO involvement and assist in the mission to expand Louisiana’s national and international trade footprint.
Admitted to the Louisiana and Mississippi Bars, Caroline previously served as the Legislative Counsel for U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (MS) in Washington, D.C., and has practiced as a civil litigation attorney. During her time in Washington, Caroline advised on trade, agriculture, judiciary, and energy/environment matters, among others, and developed a passion for engaging with impacted parties on complex and far-reaching federal, state, and local policy issues. Caroline is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and obtained her J.D. and B.A. (in English Literature) from the University of Mississippi. At Ole Miss Law, Caroline served as an Executive Member of the nationally-ranked Moot Court Board and worked as a student lawyer for the Mississippi Innocence Project Legal Clinic.