Bob Sanguinetti has been named to the role of UK Chamber of Shipping CEO. From May 2014 he had been CEO of Gibraltar Port Authority, where he was credited with delivering significant growth in vessel traffic in Gibraltar.
Sanguinetti said: “I am delighted to be appointed to this prestigious role at a time when shipping is so central to the political agenda. The UK Chamber team deserve great credit for their work in recent years, and I am determined that we build on the solid foundation created under Guy Platten’s leadership.
Sir Michael Bibby, President of the UK Chamber of Shipping said: “Bob comes with a distinguished track record of service to the industry, both in a civilian and military context. His excellent track record at the Gibraltar Port Authority speaks for itself, and his leading role in developing Gibraltar’s Brexit contingency plan will stand him in excellent stead as the UK Chamber seeks to strengthen its role as a leading voice of British industry.”
Sanguinetti, who was born and raised in Gibraltar before graduating from Oxford University, will take up his role on July 16th 2018, taking over from Guy Platten, who will become the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping in Summer 2018.
After graduating he served in the Royal Navy for nearly 30 years, rising to the rank of Commodore, commanding several Royal Navy warships and a multinational coalition Task Group, before working at the Ministry of Defence in a number of strategic roles. His last job in the military was as Head of Intelligence at the UK’s National Operations Headquarters.
In October 2017 Sanguinetti was seconded to the Office of the Chief Minister to carry out a maritime strategic review, and to lead on wider, Brexit-related contingency planning.