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Singapore Shipping Association appoints first-ever female president

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Caroline Yang, chief executive of bunker tanker company Hong Lam Marine, has been appointed as the first-ever female president of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) since its founding in 1985.

As the SSA Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, the association’s council elected Yang as SSA president, taking over the immediate-past president Esben Poulsson.

Yang will be supported by two vice presidents and SSA secretariat headed by Michael Phoon. The two vice presidents are Katie Men, managing director of Iseaco Investment and Rene Piil Pedersen, managing director of AP Moller Singapore.

Yang started her career with Hong Lam Marine as their inhouse counsel in 1991, and has more than 25 years of experience in the shipping industry.

“I am honoured by the trust the council has placed in me by electing me as SSA President for the 2019/2020 term. As we navigate into the future together, the task of the council is to work with all stakeholders to champion Maritime Singapore, to keep SSA relevant and responsive to our members, and to encourage participation by our members in our shared goal,” Yang said.

At the AGM, the council also named SS Teo, executive chairman and managing director of Pacific International Lines (PIL), an honorary member in recognition of his contributions to Singapore’s shipping industry in numerous capacities, including as a long serving councilor and president of SSA from 2003-2011.

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