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. 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 includes 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 include 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.