Sanguinetti succeeds Guy Platten, who will become the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping in Summer 2018.
Sanguinetti was recently CEO of the Gibraltar Port Authority, where he was credited with delivering significant growth in vessel traffic following a series of wide-reaching initiatives.
‘I am delighted to be appointed to this prestigious role at a time when shipping is so central to the political agenda,’ said Sanguinetti. ‘The UK Chamber team deserve great credit for their work in recent years, and I am determined that we build on the solid foundation created under Guy Platten’s leadership.’
Sanguinetti, who served as Commodore in the Royal Navy, assumed the role of CEO of the Gibraltar Port Authority in May 2014. During his tenure, the Port of Gibraltar saw a reversal of a downward trend in vessel traffic and activity in most sectors ( -8% (2013/4) to +17% (2016/7)) through a series of initiatives aimed at improving efficiency, strengthening relationships with the local port community, and driving through a robust marketing and engagement plan with international ship owners and operators. Sanguinetti was elected to the board of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) in 2016.
Most recently, and in recognition of his successful track record at the port, Sanguinetti was seconded to the Office of the Chief Minister to carry out a maritime strategic review, and to lead on wider, Brexit-related contingency planning.
‘The UK Chamber has a long and proud heritage at the heart of the shipping community,’ Sanguinetti continued. ‘The best way to honour its past is to build an exciting future, and I am hugely ambitious both for the organisation and the industry as a whole.
‘I look forward to meeting all of our members in the weeks and months ahead to identify new opportunities to grow the UK Chamber’s offer.’
Sanguinetti will take up his role on 16 July 2018.