About the Council


Ronald D. Widdows

Ronald D. Widdows,

Chairman of the World Shipping Council and
Principal, Ronald D. Widdows & Associates Pte Ltd.

Ronald Dean Widdows' 40-year career has been primarily in the container shipping sector with responsibilities that included: global container shipping, end-to-end supply chain management, marine terminal operations, international and domestic intermodal rail operations, and alliance/consortium agreement management. He has played a key role in implementing some of the most innovative developments in the container shipping sector.

Mr. Widdows is currently the Principal of Ronald D. Widdows & Associates Pte Ltd., which provides shipping, logistics, terminals and intermodal transportation consultancy services globally. He served as the CEO of Rickmers Holding, based in Hamburg, Germany from April 2012 to April 2014. Prior to joining Rickmers Holding, Mr. Widdows was Group President and CEO of Neptune Orient Lines, the parent company of APL. His career with NOL/APL spanned more than 30 years. 

Mr. Widdows served as Chairman of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement - a research and discussion group of major container shipping lines offering ocean and inland transportation, logistics and supply chain services from Asia to the U.S. Mr. Widdows also served as the Chairman of the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement.

Over the last decade, Mr. Widdows has been recognized as one of the shipping industry's leading advocates on public policy issues. He has served as Chairman of the World Shippping Council since 2008. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of the International Transport Forum, based in Leipzig, Germany, and the Advisory Board of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY.

Mr. Widdows' contributions to the industry have been recogngized by the U.S. National Defense Transportation Association, the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, the United Seaman's Service, the Containerization and Intermodal Institute, and Containerization International.