Israeli maritime analytics startup Windward has managed to get the former CEO of energy giant BP, Lord John Browne, to join its board.
Browne has been an investor in the company since 2016, Tel Aviv-based Windward revealed on Tuesday. He will join the company’s roster of board members and investors, which includes former CIA director David Petraeus and Tom Glocer, the ex-CEO of Reuters.
Windward has created a set of analytic tools that track global shipping movements. Marine insurance companies can use them to help predict the probability of accidents, and governments can use them to check for illegal activity such as breaking sanctions. For instance, if a ship’s activities are unusual — turning off its radar or visiting an at-risk port — it will be flagged.