john adams

John Adams

Managing Director, Teekay Shipping

John Adams is Managing Director of Teekay Shipping Glasgow, which is one of Teekay’s main operations hubs, and he is responsible for long-range planning and future growth and diversification strategies. Teekay Corporation owns and operates a fleet of 185 vessels and offshore units.  

 As John says “The shipping industry is one of the most dynamic, exciting, and challenging sectors of international business - and today, probably more than ever, we face some of our greatest challenges: increased and complex environmental legislation; incidents that impact the reputation of the shipping industry; commercial pressures and customer differentiation; and access to highly qualified employees ashore, and at sea”. These points provide an insight to what focuses John’s mind, and he believes that each shipping company and maritime organization, must also drive leadership in Safety; Operational Excellence; Financial Strategies; and the Human Element.

 John has an extensive background in the shipping industry, specializing in Strategy Development and

Change Management – including M&A; and Industrial Relations; and has previously held senior management positions with two leading Shipping Companies – and as an independent Consultant.

John is also Chairman of the Bahamas Shipowners’ Association (BSA), where he is committed to driving a new Strategic Direction – and was recently elected as Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).