Overseas Shipholding Group appoints new President and CEO

Overseas Shipholding Group has appointed Samuel H. Norton as president and CEO of the company effective December 29.

Norton, succeeding Ian Blackley who is retiring from the role, has over 25 years experience and is currently serving as SVP of OSG and president and CEO of the US Flag Strategic Business Unit. He has served on the OSG board of directors since August 2014.

Douglas D. Wheat, chairman of OSG, commented: “We are pleased to have someone of Sam’s caliber assume the leadership of OSG. His deep shipping background and track record of building businesses and orchestrating development projects around the world will serve him well as he focuses on the strategic priorities facing OSG today.”

Additionally, Patrick J. O’Halloran has been appointed to the role of VP and chief operations officer while Damon Mote has been appointed as VP and chief administrative officer.

The move comes after the recent  separation of the group into two independent companies, Overseas Shipholding Group and International Seaways.

OSG’s fleet of handysize product carriers and articulated tug barges is concentrated on Jones Act business while International Seaways has one of the world’s largest fleets of crude oil and product tankers.


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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