ICS appoints Guy Platten as new Secretary General

UK Chamber of Shipping CEO Guy Platten (pictured) has been named as the new Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) it was announced today (Thursday).

The ICS Board selected Mr Platten following an extensive and rigorous selection procedure, and he will take over the role from the present Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, in mid-2018.

Esben Poulsson, ICS Chairman said: “This proved a difficult decision for us, as we interviewed several strong candidates. However, the decision to appoint Guy was taken unanimously by the Board. He will bring with him a broad range of skills including time at sea, demonstrable commercial success, and association work illustrated by his current successful tenure at the UK Chamber of Shipping.

“In a fast changing world, ICS, like any successful association, needs to be more aware than ever of the needs and demands of its members and to truly add value, be it on the regulatory front or in respect of the numerous other challenges facing the industry. ICS is the industry’s leading voice, with the important remit of highlighting the great improvements the industry has made and will continue to make as a key contributor to world trade.”

Mr Platten said of his appointment: “Peter Hinchliffe has done an incredible job as Secretary General and is a hard act to follow.  I am proud to be given the opportunity to take ICS forward at such an important time for shipping. The amount of ongoing legislation is considerable – CO2 reduction, ballast water management, sulphur emissions – and the shipping community is looking to ICS for leadership and support. Shipping is at the centre of the world stage and I am looking forward to contributing to that important work. It is going to be good to work with Peter to ensure a smooth transition and I acknowledge his outstanding stewardship of the ICS.”

In recognition of his long and invaluable contribution to the work of the ICS, Simon Bennett, currently Director Policy and External Relations, is promoted to a new position as Deputy Secretary General.