Effective 1 July, Bud Darr is to join MSC Group as Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs. Mr Darr, a seasoned professional with over 25 years’ experience in the international maritime field, was most recently Senior Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs for the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA.)
In his new role, Mr Darr will hold global responsibilities for the MSC Group’s different business interests, including the cargo, container terminal, and cruises divisions. Establishing and developing a central Government Affairs function at the Group’s global headquarters in Geneva will be among his key priorities. He will also continue to be closely involved in CLIA and other cruise industry activities, in addition to trade associations and other maritime industry efforts that are important to the MSC Group’s other businesses.
Speaking on behalf of MSC Group, Diego Aponte said: “We are extremely glad that Bud has decided to join the MSC family. As the MSC Group continues to grow around the world, establishing a central Government Affairs function that can fully support our overall business interests wherever we operate is today a top priority. With his deep expertise and understanding of global maritime policy and regulatory matters, he will be a great asset for our Company.”
Prior to joining CLIA, Mr Darr held several positions within the U.S. Coast Guard, including that of Deputy Chief of Maritime & International Law. In that position, he represented the maritime policy interests of the U.S. at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as well as globally.