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Frew to step down from BIMCO role

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Angus Frew says he wants to spend more time in theU.K. and less time working

BIMCO Secretary General & CEO Angus Frew, has announced he will step down in the summer of 2020. The reason: He wishes to spend more time in the U.K. and less time working. The search for his replacement has started.

Copenhagen-headquartered BIMCO is the world’s largest international shipping association.

“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,” says Sadan Kaptanoglu, President of BIMCO. “He will leave an organization very well prepared to deal with the challenges the industry will face in the coming years.”

Under Frew’s leadership, BIMCO has strengthened its brand and member focus significantly. Today, BIMCO shipowner members control 58% of the global share of dead weighttonnage, up from 54% four years ago.

BIMCO has maintained its leadership position in developing standard contracts and clauses and has broadened its scope into new areas such as financial term sheets and the offshore and renewable energy sector.

BIMCO has also played a pivotal role n shaping new environmental regulation, , and has taken a leadership role on important industry initiatives such as cyber security and standards for software maintenance.

Frew was appointed BIMCO Secretary General & CEO in 2013. He was previously the chief executive at the UK Chamber of Shipping..

“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,” says Frew. “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.”

BIMCO says it needs to find a “strong candidate” to succeed Frew as Secretary General & CEO.

“The candidate must have outstanding communication skills and be a proven leader in an international and commercial shipping-related business,” says Kaptanoglu.

In the interim period through to August 2020, Frew will continue to build and develop BIMCO’s services to assist members.

Paul Butterworth, Head of the Maritime & Shipping Practice, of executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has been appointed to find Frew’s replacement.

The BIMCO Executive Committee expects to have found a replacement by the end of 2019.

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