Interferry, the trade association representing the worldwide ferry industry, has appointed Brittany Ferries chief executive Christophe Mathieu as the new chair of its board of directors
Mr Mathieu has been an Interferry board member since 2010 and was appointed chief executive of Brittany Ferries in 2016. He was elected at the association’s annual general meeting on 27 October to succeed John Steen-Mikkelsen – former chief excutive of Danske Færger, current chairman of Samsø-Linien and a former chief executive and director in various Scandinavian ferry companies – for his strategic insight over his tenure as an Interferry board member.
The meeting also confirmed the appointment of new director Supapan Pichaironarongsongkram who heads Thailand’s Supatra Group and its Chao Phraya Express Boat and Chao Phraya Tourist Boat subsidiaries, which dominates the trade on Chao Phraya river operating some 90 vessels and carry more than 12M passengers per year on Thailand’s major river.
The meeting also acknowledged the service of three outgoing board members: former P&O Ferries chief executive Janette Bell; founder of Seattle-based Clipper Navigation Merideth Tall, who stepped down on leaving the industry; and former Viking Line chief executive Nils-Erik Eklund who stepped down after completing a third four-year term, the maximum permissible.
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