New Chief Exec revealed

Business Development Director to Chief Executive Designate; Chant is to lead SMI in its role of representing one of the UK’s largest industrial sectors.

“After a rigorous selection process from a strong field of candidates, I am delighted to confirm Tom Chant as Chief Executive Designate” said Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) Chairman, Russell Gould, as he announced the successor to John Murray who retires later this year after 19 years in post.

Tom Chant was appointed SMI’s Business Development Director in 2017 and since then has been the lead for the UK pavilions at the world’s major maritime exhibitions, including Seawork with SMI as a valued supporter of the exhibition. Tom has created multiple missions and seminars to benefit SMI member companies; he created the Digital Technology Group, focussing SMI on one of the largest emerging trends.

Russell Gould added: “It was an indication of the status of SMI within the maritime and trade association sectors that we had received so many credible applications for the position and the fact that Tom so ably demonstrated his capability for the role provides our members with the assurance that we have a strong team at SMI managing our association”.

Tom has a long association with the marine industry having been an active sailor and student of boatbuilding in Southampton.  His career has encompassed a wide range of market sectors and he has gathered experience of business development, marketing and distribution in an international business environment.  A nine year period at the trade body for the leisure, superyacht and workboat sector was committed to developing the members’ export business.

In acknowledging his appointment Tom Chant said, “I feel privileged to have been appointed the next Chief Executive and to lead SMI in its role of representing one of the UK’s largest industrial sectors.  The role enables me to work at the highest level for companies as we seek to develop opportunities and push for a better business environment for them.  I have been selected at an interesting time, but look forward to working with member companies in seeking new business and representing their interests.”

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