Seaspan names three VPs to senior leadership team

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Seaspan has named three new vice presidents to its senior leadership team, announcing the appointments of Linda Wortman as vice president, finance and accounting; Catherine Chick as vice president, business services and technology; and Shawn Chylinski as vice president, health, safety, environment and quality.

Wortman is responsible for strategic financial oversight of the marine division and corporate services. She is a key advisor to the chief financial officer and executive leadership team and ensures information and metrics are available to inform value added business decisions.

Wortman joined Seaspan in 2008 as controller, marine, and was appointed to the role of vice president, finance and accounting, in January 2016. She completed her bachelor of commerce degree, specializing in accounting, from the University of Calgary and holds a master of business administration degree. She also holds a chartered professional accountant (CPA-CMA) designation.

As part of the senior leadership team, Chick provides vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives in support of the company’s short and long term business strategies. She joined Seaspan in 2012 to establish internal project management capabilities to manage the delivery of enterprise process and system improvement projects. In 2013, her role expanded to include the management of IT operations and in January 2016, she was appointed to vice president, business services and technology.

Chick has a background in management consulting, technology strategy and program management. She has worked in a broad range of industries including technology, higher education, financial institutions and retail. She earned a bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of British Columbia and a master of business administration from McMaster University.

Chylinski joined Seaspan in June 2013 as director, safety and environment, and was appointed to the role of vice president, health, safety, environment and quality in March 2016. As part of both the Seaspan Marine and Seaspan Shipyards senior leadership teams, he provides strategic leadership and direction for all HSEQ management systems throughout Seaspan. Additionally, he will be the driving force behind a culture of safety, environmental stewardship, quality and efficiency throughout the company.

Chylinski brings more than 20 years' experience leading health, safety and environmental performance in the forestry and utility sectors. He has been a leader of success in HSEQ and has led change in Seaspan’s safety culture that is positioning the company to achieve its zero workplace injury goals. He completed his bachelor of forestry degree from Lakehead University, and has since gone on to complete an integrated leadership development program from Simon Fraser University, as well as a leadership program from the Schulich School of Business.

By Professional Mariner Staff