Commodore Bob Sanguinetti has been appointed as the new chief executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping, taking up the post on 16 July 2018.
Sanguinetti is former ceo of the Gibraltar Port Authority, where he successfully reversed a downward trend in vessel traffic and activity through a series of wide-reaching initiatives, and previously he served as Commodore in the Royal Navy. He is also a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Yachtmaster Offshore and a recipient of the French OBE equivalent (Croix de la Valeur Militaire).
“I am delighted to be appointed to this prestigious role at a time when shipping is so central to the political agenda,” commented Sanguinetti. “The UK Chamber has a long and proud heritage at the heart of the shipping community. The best way to honour its past is to build an exciting future, and I am hugely ambitious both for the organisation and the industry as a whole.
Chamber president Sir Michael Bibby praised the new chief executive’s “distinguished track record of service to the industry, both in a civilian and military context,” adding that “his leading role in developing Gibraltar’s Brexit contingency plan will stand him in excellent stead as the UK Chamber seeks to strengthen its role as a leading voice of British industry.”
Sanguinetti takes over from Guy Platten, who is moving on to become the secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping, replacing the retiring Peter Hinchliffe in summer 2018.