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Advisory Board

Advisory Board

From left to right:

First row: Gerhard Kurz, Joe Reeder, William A. O’Neil, Philip Embiricos, Ambassador Francis Rooney
Second row: Salvador Jurado, Flemming Jacobs, Admiral William J. Flanagan
Absent (inset): Tommy Thomsen, Dr. Aaron Gellman, C. C. Tung, Albert H. Nahmad, Mikio Sasaki, Koji Miyahara, Andrónico Luksic Craig, Dr. Ernst Frankel, and Ma Zehua

In December 1999, in accordance with Article 19 of the Organic Law (Law No. 19 of June 11, 1997), the Panama Canal Authority established the Advisory Board to serve as a consultative body for the Canal enterprise with the main responsibility to provide guidance and recommendations to the Board of Directors and the Canal administration.

In view of the international service provided by the Canal, the Advisory Board is composed of Panamanian and non-Panamanian citizens, all recognized professionals with broad experience in the business world and the Panama Canal in particular. The Board is a select group of highly distinguished advisers who represent a solid cross section of world’s transportation, trade, business, telecommunications, construction and development, academia, and the banking sector.

The Panama Canal Authority Board of Directors makes the appointment of the Advisory Board members for an initial period of two years, which can be extended at the discretion of the Board of Directors and the only condition is that the participation or representation cannot be delegated to any other individual.

The Advisory Board is chaired by William A. O’Neil, Secretary General Emeritus of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) who was elected first chairman of the board in 1999 and re-elected thereafter by unanimous vote. Other members are Philip Embiricos, Director of Embiricos Shipbrokers; Admiral William J. “Bud” Flanagan, US Navy (Ret), previous Commander In Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and NATO’s Commander-In-Chief, Western Atlantic, and President of Skarven Enterprises Inc.; Dr. Ernst Frankel, Emeritus Professor of Ocean Systems and Professor of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Aaron Gellman, Professor of Management and Strategy at the Northwestern University Transportation Center; Flemming R. Jacobs, Director Inchcape Shipping Services, DVB Bank, Ultragas, and former President and CEO of Neptune Orient Lines; Captain Wei Jiafu, Group President and CEO of China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO); Salvador Jurado, President of Building Components Group; Gerhard Kurz, industry advisor for Avista Capital Partners, SPADAC Director and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Seabulk International, Inc.; Andrónico Luksic Craig, Vice President of Banco de Chile; Koji Miyahara, Chairman Corporate Officer, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line); Albert H. Nahmad, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Watsco, Inc.; Joe R. Reeder, partner of Greenberg Traurig LLP (attorneys at law); Ambassador Francis Rooney, President of Rooney Holdings Inc.; Mikio Sasaki, Chairman of the Board of Mitsubishi Corporation; Stephan Schmidheiny, President of AVINA Foundation and ANOVA AG, Holdings; Tommy Thomsen, CEO of Nordic Tankers; and C. C. Tung, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL).

The Advisory Board meets, at least, once a year, at the request of the Board of Directors. Nonetheless, it can do so more frequently if the need arises or the Board determines that it must meet with greater frequency.