The World Shipping Council appointed John Butler as its general counsel.
Butler, who will join the WSC on Sept. 1, is currently a partner in the law firm of Sher & Blackwell in Washington, D.C.
He has worked for many years in maritime and regulatory matters, and has worked closely with the WSC and its member carriers on a wide array of legal and regulatory issues.
The WSC is a non-profit association that represents the liner shipping industry. Its members represent over 90 percent of the global liner vessel capacity.
In his new position, Butler will advise the liner shipping industry on government regulations and the legal system on a very wide range of issues – from environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance, to Customs and security regimes, to competition and shipping regulatory systems, to the laws governing cargo liability claims.
“John Butler is a talented lawyer, with very practical knowledge and experience from his years working on maritime and regulatory issues in judicial, legislative and executive forums,” said Chris Koch, World Shipping Council President and CEO.
“The addition of John Butler to the WSC staff will further strengthen our capabilities to serve the industry well and to help the liner shipping industry fulfill its objective of developing thoughtful and effective strategies for the future,” said Ron Widdows, chairman of the WSC and group president and CEO of Neptune Orient Lines.
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