Former Thomas Cook Chief Executive and VisitBritain Chairman Christopher Rodrigues is to oversee the UK shipping regulator.
The Department for Transport said Mr Rodrigues, who has chaired the Port of London for five years, would bring ‘extensive international experience’ to the role of non-executive Chair of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “This appointment is part of a wider commitment to generate growth in the maritime sector, encourage greater investment in the UK and promote the UK flag as a world-class register that attracts quality shipowners.”
Mr Rodrigues said he was looking forward to supporting the MCA and its team in adapting to ‘the changing needs and commercial requirements of international shipping’.
He added: “The UK is a world-leading maritime nation. Ensuring that the MCA provides an effective and responsive service is central to retaining this position.”