For Immediate Release

3 January 2024 (Arlington, VA) – The Global Cold Chain Foundation (GCCF) recently announced its new Board of Governors roster for 2024. Foundation Board Members are volunteer leaders and responsible for governing, developing policy, and setting a course for the future. The Board focuses on advancing the mission, vision, and strategic goals of the organization.

The GCCF Board voted to elect Mickey Hoffmann from United States Cold Storage, as their 2024 Chairman; Ken Whah from CORE X as Vice Chairman; and Adam Forste from Lineage Logistics as Treasurer. Greg Laurin from Conestoga Cold Storage will serve as Immediate Past Chairman.

For the GCCF Governors-at-large positions, the membership approved the following slate of candidates to serve 3 year terms starting January 1, 2024.

  • Owusu Akoto, Freezelink [new]
  • Justin Brandt, Nor-Am Cold Storage [renominated]
  • Niels Lundgaard-Svenstrup, Lineage Logistics [renominated]
  • Mathew Moore, Americold [new]
  • Joris Olbrechts, Jodifrost NV [new]
  • Tom Poe, Crystal Distribution [renominated]
  • Marty Steinmetz, RealCold [renominated]
  • David Stuver, Capital Ventures LLC [Public Member]

“I am thrilled to be named GCCF Chairman this year,” stated Hoffmann. “The work of the foundation is so important to the training of the global cold chain workforce as well as advancing the development of temperature controlled best practices around the world. I look forward to working with my fellow board members to leverage the expertise of the membership to advance both those objectives.”

The GCCF Board would like to thank outgoing Board Members Daniel Kaplan, Vertical Cold Storage and Rack Builders Inc., Mike Pokel, Midwest Refrigerated Services, and Kirk Robertson, Terra Vista Capital for their thought leadership and commitment to the foundation during their time as Board Members.

Visit the GCCF website to view the complete roster of GCCF Board Members.

Please direct any questions to Megan Costello, Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff | Interim President & CEO, GCCA|GCCF|CEBA at


The Global Cold Chain Foundation (GCCF) is the nonprofit education, research, and international development partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance. The Foundation’s education programs train industry practitioners in the best practices of temperature-controlled product storage, handling, and transportation. Research manuals serve as the definitive guide for the proper handling, storage, and freezing of perishable products as well as energy and facility management, and the international development projects engage cold chain industry professionals in the development of cold chain infrastructure in emerging markets.

Photo: GCCF Chairman, Mickey Hoffmann, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development , United States Cold Storage.

Published Date

January 3, 2024


Cold Chain Development, HR/Talent


United States


Global Cold Chain Foundation