BIMCO nominates President Designate to succeed Sabrina Chao in 2021


Under the presidency of Mrs Sadan Kaptanoglu, the BIMCO Board of Directors has approved the nomination of Mr Nikolaus H. Schües, CEO of Reederei F. Laeisz (Germany) to stand for election as the next President Designate of BIMCO in 2021, succeeding Mrs Sabrina Chao, Chairman of Wah Kwong Shipping Holdings Limited (Hong Kong). 

“The BIMCO Board is delighted to put forward Mr Nikolaus Schües for election at the BIMCO General Meeting in the summer of 2021. The Board highly appreciates his hard work, insight and commitment to making shipping a better and more sustainable industry,” says Mr Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, Immediate Past President of BIMCO, Managing Director of Common Progress (Greece), and Chairperson of BIMCO’s Nominations & Governance Committee. 

BIMCO Presidents serve a two-year term. Organisational continuity is ensured with the incoming President (President Designate) sitting on the Board for two years, before being put up for election as President. The outgoing President then remains on the Board for an additional two-year term as Immediate Past President and thereafter Past Presidents are ex-officio Board members.

“I am honoured to accept the nomination by the Board and recognise the trust it indicates. I very much look forward to taking up the role as President Designate,” says Mr Nikolaus Schües. 
Mr Schües has served as BIMCO Vice-President and Board Director for Germany and is currently appointed in his personal capacity. As CEO of Reederei F. Laeisz, he oversees a fleet of container ships, car carriers, LPGs and research vessels.

“I have worked together with Nikolaus Schües for several years now, and he always presents his positions in a considered, educated and fair-minded way. I think he will be a great asset for BIMCO, and for the industry as a whole,” says BIMCO’s President, Mrs Sadan Kaptanoglu, CEO of Kaptanoglu Shipping. 
The election of both the next BIMCO President and the President Designate will take place at the BIMCO General Meeting in the summer of 2021. 

Notes to editors

For further information, please contact:

Rasmus Nord Jørgensen
Communications Director 
Mobile: +45 2168 0421


BIMCO is the world's largest international shipping association, with around 1,900 members in more than 120 countries, representing 59% of the world’s tonnage. Our global membership includes shipowners, operators, managers, P&I Clubs, brokers and agents. BIMCO is a not-for-profit organisation.

Rasmus Nord Jorgensen
in Copenhagen, DK


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