A well known name in global shipping has been appointed chairman of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM). Former Swire and Pacific Basin high flier Richard Hext is taking over from Ian Shiu as chair of the museum, located on one of the piers of the iconic Star Ferry in the heart of downtown Hong Kong.
Hext commented, “What a story! Fishing village dubs itself Fragrant Harbour and reinvents itself – first as a shipping and trading centre, then as world champion east-meets-west financial centre. The HKMM tells us how all this happened, helping us anticipate our future and what else the sea has in store for us. The museum is already a phenomenal success story and I am very excited about this chance to help it realises its extraordinary potential.”
Hext, who serves on the board of a number of shipping firms, has had a diverse career including being an early shipping IT pioneer and a stint as group chief executive at the UK’s University of Central Lancashire.
The 15-year-old museum was created with the financial backing of many in the local shipping community. Former OOCL boss CC Tung serves as the chair of the HKMM Trust.
Famous names in shipping to have taken an interest in museums include Paddy Rodgers. The former Euronav CEO celebrates this month his first anniversary since taking the position of director at the Royal Museums Greenwich in the UK.