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Robert D. Somerville ’65

Chairman/C.E.O. | American Bureau of Shipping


  • B.S., Maine Maritime Academy, 1965 (E)
  • Harvard Business School Program for Management Development, 1987

Career Highlights:

  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
  • President and Chief Operating Officer, ABS
  • President and Chief Operating Officer, ABS Europe
  • Regional Manager for Western Europe, Northern and Western Africa, ABS, London
  • Principal Surveyor, ABS, Portugal, Taiwan, and Korea
  • Field Surveyor/Senior Surveyor, ABS, Philadelphia, Chicago, Milwaukee,  Sturgeon Bay, New York and Venezuela
  • Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock
  • Marine Department, Texaco

Distinguished Service:

  • Boards of ABS and the ABS Group of Companies
  • Maine Maritime Academy Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Trustee of the Seamen’s Church Institute
  • Member, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Distinguished Alumnus, MMA, 1994
  • Member of International Maritime Hall of Fame
  • Recipient of the Admiral Halert C. Shepherd Award