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Paolo and Cesare d’Amico to be crowned CMA Commodores for 2023

CMA Shipping Cesare and Paolo d’Amico
Cesare d’Amico, CEO of d’Amico Dry Cargo and Paolo d’Amico, President and CEO of d’Amico International Shipping (DIS), the Italian cousins leading the d’Amico Group, will be awarded the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Commodore for the year 2023 in a first-of-its-kind dual award.

Paolo and Cesare follow a succession of influential maritime industry leaders to receive the award and take the baton from current Commodore and Eagle Bulk Shipping CEO Gary Vogel. The 2023 Commodore Award will be presented on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at the Gala Dinner marking the conclusion of the annual Connecticut Maritime Association conference and expo, at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut, USA.

Those that wish to attend this prestigious Commodore Gala Dinner are encouraged to book their place now, as seats for this celebration are selling fast – click here to start your booking.

President of the Connecticut Maritime Association Sandra Ennor said “Recognising the incredible family-oriented success story of d’Amico through this award is a real honour and we’re delighted that Paolo and Cesare have accepted. The North American maritime community have long-standing and valuable connections to d’Amico and great respect for the achievements of the group. We can’t wait to welcome our Commodores to the gala dinner and conference this year and celebrate their shared successes.”

Paolo d’Amico graduated in 1978 in Economics from Rome University (La Sapienza). He joined d’Amico Società di Navigazione S.p.A. in 1971, with particular focus on the product tanker aspects of the business. In 1983 joined the Board of Directors of d’Amico Società di Navigazione S.p.A., the holding company of the d’Amico Group. and since 2002 he holds the office of President.. Ever since, he has held multiple directorships and leadership roles across the group and in other national and international companies. Currently he is also Chairman of INTERTANKO (the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners) and is very much at the forefront of Italian and global shipping, which was further depicted when in 2013 he was awarded the honorary title of Labour Knight (Cavaliere del Lavoro) by the President of the Italian Republic.

Cesare d’Amico graduated from Rome University (La Sapienza) in 1982 with a degree in Economics. He joined d’Amico Società di Navigazione S.p.A. in 1976 in the liner department and developed the business till it was sold in 2002.  In 1993 he launched the dry bulk activity. From this, he has gone onto lead the group’s Dry Cargo business as its current CEO overseeing a business unit that operates a 50-strong fleet ranging from mini-cape to handy sized vessels. Since 1988 he is Chief Executive Officer of d’Amico Società di Navigazione S.p.A.. Much like Paolo, Cesare continues to play a multitude of roles in leadership positions throughout the group and further afield including the current role as member of the Executive Committee of Confitarma  (the Italian Confederation of Shipowners). He also plays a vital role in a number of companies and international associations that are independent of the d’Amico Group – including being Chairman of The Standard Club Ltd, a mutual insurance association formed by shipowners who are also members.

Former CMA Commodores include: Ole Skaarup, Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, George Livanos, Phil Loree, Thomas Moran, Gregory Hadjieleftheriadis, Dr. Helmut Sohmen, Gerhard Kurz, William O’Neil, Richard du Moulin, Per Heidenreich, Marc Saverys, Frank Tsao, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Peter Georgiopoulos, C. Sean Day, Torben Jensen, Morten Arntzen, John Fredriksen, Capt. Wei Jiafu, Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, Angeliki Frangou, Øivind Lorentzen, III, Peter Evensen, Robert Bugbee, Capt. Panagiotis Tsakos, Paddy Rodgers, Jack Noonan, Sabrina Chao, John C. Hadjipateras, Lois Zabrocky and most recently Gary Vogel.

Brought to the industry by Connecticut Maritime Association and organised by Informa Markets, CMA Shipping will return in less than eight weeks to Hilton Stamford, Connecticut, from March 21-23.

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