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Clarkson appoints non-executive director

James Hughes HallettClarkson PLC, a shipping services group, announces that James Hughes-Hallett will join the board as a non-executive director on August 20, 2014 and will take over as chairman from January 1, 2015.
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Mr. Hughes-Hallett brings a wealth of experience in the world of shipping, transportation, offshore and global trade, having worked for the Swire group since 1976. He is currently chairman of John Swire & Sons Limited, a Non-Executive Director of Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd, Swire Pacific Ltd and Swire Properties Ltd. He is a Director of Steamships Trading Co Ltd and is Chairman of United States Cold Storage Inc.

Mr. Hughes-Hallett has held various management positions in the Swire group's operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Australia, including Chairman of Swire Pacific and Chairman of Cathay Pacific Airways. His past shipping responsibilities have included managing director and chairman of The China Navigation Company and Chairman of Swire Pacific Offshore; he is an ex chairman of The Hong Kong Shipowners Association.

He was a non-executive director of HSBC Holdings plc until earlier this year and retires as Chairman of Swire at the end of 2014. Mr. Hughes-Hallett is a Fellow of the Society of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an honorary Fellow of the University of Hong Kong and Merton College, Oxford. He was made a CMG in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Current chairman Bob Benton will retire from the board on January 1, 2015.

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