Friday, March 25, 2011

U.S. Coast Guard nominee for IMO Secretary General

Mr. Jeffrey Lantz, if you don't know the name you should. Mr. Lantz is the United States Coast Guard nominee for the position of IMO Secretary General. Who is Mr. Lantz? Take a look.

Who's Jeff?

Jeffrey Lantz is the current Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards for the U.S. Coast Guard. A 1974 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, Lantz's specialty is in naval architecture, marine and mechanical engineering. He also serves as the head of the U.S. Delegation to the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (among other committees and subcommittees) and is Chair for the IMO's Council, the organizations second highest governing body.

Who is he really?

Amver knows Mr. Lantz as someone that recognizes the importance of our partnerships and the work we do to save lives. Mr. Lantz has helped champion Amver related issues in the IMO and always takes time to see what we need or how we can improve our international search and rescue program. No doubt he'll carry that level of enthusiasm and dedication to the IMO. If you've met him you know.

Our own Commandant, Admiral Bob Papp, had this to say about Mr. Lantz. “Jeff is one of the Coast Guard's best senior leaders who has superbly managed commercial maritime regulation with the care and precision it requires," said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp. "He is a skilled engineer, effective manager and strong negotiator who has demonstrated a keen ability to lead and overcome budgetary and technical challenges over his 36-year career.  These strong regulatory and supervisory abilities have enabled him to greatly improve the quality of U.S. commercial shipping.  I am absolutely certain he will deliver the same quality and competency if elected as Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization."

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also thinks Mr. Lantz is the right person for the job and said as much in her nomination letter.

We wish Mr. Lantz all the best in this endeavor.

Updated  March 29, 2011

If you want to learn more about Mr. Lantz's nomination please visit the US Nomination page.

Photo credit: USCG photo by PA1 Thomas McKenzie

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