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Former BP boss Browne joins Israeli maritime startup’s board

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.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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