Shipmanangement legend Roberto Giorgi retires

Today marks the last day on the job for legendary shipmanagement personality Roberto Giorgi.

Giorgi, who’s most recent role has been honorary president of V.Ships, retires effective December 31, closing the final chapter on a 31-year career with V.Group. Giorgi has been a senior manager at V.Group since the company’s formation in 1984 and has held various positions, becoming president of V.Ships in 2005.

“It has been a privilege to have been part of a remarkable era of development in the ship management sector. From my early days of working with the Vlasov family, I have been fortunate to be mentored by some of the best experts in the sector and have tried whenever possible to pay this back to subsequent groups of emerging maritime professionals,” Giorgi said in an internal release.

Clive Richardson, CEO of V.Group, commented: “Roberto has been a pillar of the V.Ships team for over 30 years. He is a unique individual, well known throughout the shipping community and we will miss him. On behalf of all of his colleagues at V.Group and our Non-Executive Directors I would like to thank Roberto for his years of dedicated service.”

Giorgi is among a host of the pioneering third party managers who are approaching retirement age around the world.

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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