Bing Chen announced as new Seaspan CEO

Seaspan Corporation has appointed Bing Chen as its new chief executive officer, replacing Gerry Wang who leaves the company this week after announcing his retirement in July.

Chen is moving from BNP Paribas China, where he was CEO, and prior to that he spent three years as general manager for Trafigura’s Chinese business operations.

Chief operating office Peter Curtis will step in as interim chief executive officer until Chen starts at Seaspan in January.

David Sokol, chairman of Seaspan, commented: “We are pleased to have reached a very successful conclusion to our CEO search, and to have a seasoned professional like Mr Chen join our executive team. Mr Chen has diverse operating and financial business experience as well as strong relationships in our key markets in Asia and Europe.

“On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Gerry Wang for his nearly twenty years of leadership and for completing an orderly transition. We are also pleased that Peter Curtis has agreed to act as interim CEO while continuing to oversee all commercial and operating functions of Seaspan.”

Seaspan currently controls the largest non-operating box fleet in the world consisting of 104 ships totalling 805,000 teu, according to Alphaliner.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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