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BIMCO secretary general and chief executive Angus Frew (pictured) has announced he will step down next summer, to spend more time in the UK and less time working.
The search for his replacement has started.
Sadan Kaptanoglu, BIMCO president, said: “In six successful years, Angus has moved BIMCO to the forefront of the shipping industry and made sure our members’ opinions and positions are listened to at the highest levels of government.
“He will leave an organisation very well prepared to deal with the challenges the industry will face in the coming years.”
Mr Frew, 61, was appointed secretary general in 2013 after a stint as the chief executive at the UK Chamber of Shipping.
He said: “I’ve been extremely happy leading BIMCO through some challenging years for our industry, and very proud of what the leadership team of BIMCO has achieved over that time.
“It has been a privilege to engage with so many shipping professionals all over the world, but now it is time for me to pass on the torch.”
Under Mr Frew’s leadership, BIMCO shipowner members now control 58% of the global share of deadweight tonnage, up from 54% four years ago.
BIMCO said it had broadened its scope into new areas, such as financial term sheets and the offshore and renewable energy sector, and had been part of the international debate around new environmental regulation, as well as taking a leadership role in important industry initiatives such as cyber security and standards for software maintenance.
Mr Kaptanoglu said BIMCO now needed an equally strong candidate to succeed Mr Frew.
“The candidate must have outstanding communication skills and be a proven leader in an international and commercial shipping-related business,” he said.
BIMCO’s executive committee will decide on the next secretary general and chief executive by the end of the year, and has appointed Paul Butterworth, head of the maritime and shipping practice at executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, to help find the right candidate.