About the Council


Christopher L. Koch

Christopher L. Koch

Senior Advisor

In August 2015, Chris Koch retired from his role as President and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC), a position he held since the organization was founded in 2000. He remains available to assist WSC staff in his role as Senior Advisor. Prior to establishing the WSC, Chris served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Sea-Land Service, Inc. where he was responsible for legal, regulatory and government affairs.

While with Sea-Land, Chris worked with the maritime industry in the development, enactment and implementation of numerous maritime policy initiatives as well as assisting Sea-Land develop and implement its business plan and commercial strategy.
Prior to Chris' involvement with Sea-Land, he served as Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission from 1990 to 1993 as an appointee of President George H.W. Bush. He came to the FMC after a decade on Capitol Hill where he served in various capacities, including  Counsel to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and Chief of Staff to Senator Slade Gorton and Senator John McCain.
 
From 2004-2009, Chris served as chairman of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee, which provides the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security with industry advice on maritime security matters. He has also served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Commercial Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), which provides advice to U.S. Customs and Border Protection on trade facilitation and security policy. Chris also served as a member of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, which in 2004 produced a comprehensive review and set of policy recommendations to the Congress and the President on improving management of ocean and coastal resources.
 
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a law degree from the University of Washington.