Dr Oh, Kong-gyun, Chairman and CEO of the Korean Register (KR) – an IACS member classification society – has been elected to the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU). His appointment was announced on 30 April by the WMU and the IMO.
An advocate of education, Dr Oh has worked hard to enhance maritime education in Korea including the creation of a program that awards KR-funded bursaries for Korean and non-Korean nationals studying in Korea. He maintains a high-profile role on shipping’s international stage promoting vessel safety and the protection of the environment as well as being a leader in giving the Asian maritime community a more prominent voice.
On accepting his new role, Dr Oh said: “I am proud to serve the World Maritime University as a Governor and it is a great honour to be the first Chairman and CEO of the Korean Register to take on this role. I am a great believer in education at all stages in one’s career and the World Maritime
University delivers a high-quality service to many in our industry. In addition to supporting the University, I will use my new position to help strengthen maritime education in Korea and throughout the world.”
After graduating from the Korean Maritime University with a degree in marine engineering, Dr Oh served at sea before taking up various positions in the Korean Government. He was elected Chairman and CEO of KR in 2007 (and re-elected in 2009) and has been the driving force in redefining KR’s role as a leading, international classification society. He is well known for his business management philosophy of autonomy, responsibility and high ethics
as well as readily rewarding and giving credit to high achievers.
The World Maritime University was established by an IMO Assembly Resolution in July 1983 and operates under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). WMU’s central aim is to further enhance the objectives and goals of IMO and IMO member states around the world.