MONTREAL, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - The CSL Group is pleased to announce that CSL President and CEO, Rod Jones was selected as co-Personality of the Year by the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) during the organization's annual conference last week.
"Rod Jones is a role model for everyone working in our industry," said Karin Orsel, President of WISTA International. "He has led CSL with success over the past nine years and has been a great mentor for both men and women. He has also paved the way for equal opportunity in shipping – beginning with CSL, which employs a growing number of female directors, managers and seafarers. This is highly exceptional in the shipping world and we can only hope many other maritime companies will follow his lead."
Born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in the Bahamas, Rod Jones has devoted his 40-year professional career to the shipping industry. He joined Canada Steamship Lines in 1985 and became President and CEO of The CSL Group in 2008. Since 2014, he has also served as Chair of the Standard Club. He is a respected figure in the global shipping world, and well-known for his solid ethics and values around diversity, safety and the environment.
"Rod stands out as an inclusive and approachable leader," said Andrea Sterling, President of WISTA Canada. "The Canadian chapter of WISTA is very proud to have put forward his name as our very first nomination and we are delighted that women throughout the shipping world have recognized his important contribution to bringing about meaningful change in our industry."
Every year, the WISTA Personality of the Year award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the shipping industry, who embrace and champion diversity, inclusivity and equity, and whose passion and commitment for the industry and its people are sources of inspiration.
"I am truly honoured to receive this award and to share it with Captain Analia Soledad Viggiano of Argentina," said Rod Jones. "Organizations like WISTA play an important role in changing the makeup and mindset of what has historically been a male dominated industry. I strongly believe that embracing diversity in all its forms is not is not only the right thing to do, it's good for business."
The Rod Jones WISTA nomination video can be viewed on the CSL website at https://www.cslships.com/en/media-center/news-events/csl-president-and-ceo-rod-jones-named-wista-personality-year
Created in 1974, WISTA is a worldwide networking organization for women in the maritime industry counting almost 3,000 members from 40 countries. It works to promote and facilitate education and exchange opportunities among its membership and liaise with related organizations worldwide.
The CSL Group is the largest owner and operator of self-unloading ships in the world. Headquartered in Montreal with divisions operating throughout the Americas, Australia, Europe and Asia, CSL delivers more than 78 million tonnes of cargo annually for customers in the construction, steel, energy and agri-food sectors.
SOURCE The CSL Group Inc.