On 4 December, in Seoul, at an extraordinary meeting of the general assembly, the Korean Register (KR) elected DrPark Bum-shik, formerly COO (Chief Operating Officer) of the Korea P & I Club as its new Chairman & CEO.
Dr Park graduated from the Korea Maritime University with a bachelor’s degree in navigation science and later gained a doctorate degree in business administration from the same school. Dr Park’s career has included beinghead of the maritime division at Pan Ocean Shipping Co., Ltd., and executive vice president of Wilson Korea Insurance. He has served as COO of Korea P & I Club since 2006.
Dr Park has contributed to KR for a number of years as an external director and so has a good knowledge of the classification society and its activities. He is well versed in maritime affairs and has extensive knowledge ofinternational business as a former overseas business director of a major shipping company. Dr Park is also an expert in marine insurance.
On being elected Dr Park said:
“It is my job to build on the continuing success of KR and drive its growth to become one of the top performing classification societies in the world. I plan to achieve that through facilitating a flexible organization culture, a global business infrastructure and sustainable growth through financial stability. My role is to provide the support our staff members need to enable them to perform at the top of their game.
I am delighted and honored to be elected and I look forward to leading the Korean Register into the next phase of its ongoing growth and development”.
The Korean Register is an IACS member classification society established in 1960 with the purpose of promoting safety of life, property and the protection of the marine environment.