(STAMFORD, Conn.) — WISTA USA has announced that Kathy Metcalf, WISTA USA member and president and CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America, will speak at the 11th Annual Luncheon at the CMA Shipping 2016 Conference. This event will be held in Ballroom II of the Hilton Stamford Hotel beginning at 11:30 a.m. (just before CMA officially opens). Tickets are $70 per person for WISTA members and $80 per person for non-members.
Metcalf graduated with highest honors from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in June 1978 with a bachelor of science degree in marine transportation and nautical sciences. She also received minors in business administration, oceanography and organic chemistry. Upon graduation in 1978, in the first co-educational academy class, she sailed for five years as a deck officer on crude oil and product tankers with Gulf Oil Corp. and Sun Co. During this period, Metcalf also participated in a shipboard/shoreside management development program with both companies, leading to her assignment ashore with Sun Co. as the fleet safety and health coordinator in 1983.
Her tenure at Sun Co.'s corporate divisions included the Corporate Health, Environmental and Safety Department, first as a managing consultant for regulatory policy analysis and later as a senior consultant for corporate oversight and assessment. Due to her strong relationship with diverse business lines in Sun Co. and her extensive experience with regulatory agencies including the provision of formal testimony, in 1993 she was elevated to the position of manager, state government affairs, for Sun's Midwest operations area. In this capacity, she was responsible for the design and implementation of a proactive government relations strategy including interface with state legislatures and regulatory agencies, communications with diverse business lines including refining and marketing, terminals and pipelines and interaction with Sun's federal government affairs professionals.
In 1997, Metcalf resigned from Sun to become the director of maritime affairs for the Chamber of Shipping of America, a maritime trade association representing U.S.-based commercial shipping interests in international, federal and state forums. Her responsibilities in this position include monitoring and development of positions with regards to legislative and regulatory initiatives and advocacy on issues of impact for the members of the Chamber of Shipping, before various organizations including the International Maritime Organization, the U.S. Congress, and federal and state regulatory agencies. In this capacity, she has testified before congressional committees, federal and state regulatory agencies and has attended numerous sessions of the International Maritime Organization, initially as the American shipowner representative on the U.S. delegation to the Marine Environment Protection Committee and the Maritime Safety Committee and currently as the American shipowner representative on the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) delegation. Metcalf is also the chairwoman of the ICS Environmental Subcmmittee. She took the reins as president and CEO in January 2015.
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