Matthew Ott, M.S., FASAE, CAE, CMP

Matthew Ott, M.S, CAE, CMP


Matthew R. Ott, M.S., CAE, CMP is the President & CEO of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), a coalition of organizations including the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), Controlled Environment Builders Association (CEBA), and International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA). Collectively, these core partners work to ensure that a universally strong cold chain exists globally, maintaining, quality, and safety through every link.


Prior to joining GCCA, Mr. Ott has held various executive and management positions within the association and non-profit industries with a focus on developing and implementing strategy to ensure organizational growth and long-term stability. For almost a decade, he was part of the leadership team at National Grocers Association, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Grocers Association and Executive Director of the NGA Foundation.  Prior to that, he worked with the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association, the National Recreation and Park Association, The University of New Hampshire/CoachSmartNH, and AIM Meetings and Events. 


Mr. Ott is an active member of ASAE and has volunteered and served on a number of committees and councils throughout his career. He holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certifications.  In 2013, Ott was named as one of six Association TRENDS Young and Aspiring Professionals and was named to Association Forum of Chicagoland and USAE’s list of the top 40 Under Forty, recognizing the top young talent in the association and non-profit industries . He has also been recognized as a member of the Trending 40: Association and Non-Profit Innovators . He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire (M.S.), and George Mason University (B.S.).