Christopher J. Wiernicki
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Christopher J. Wiernicki
Christopher J. Wiernicki
Chrisopher and Joan Wiernicki at Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards in 2018.
ABS Chairman President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki and his wife Joan at the Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards in 2018.
Born (1958-09-29) September 29, 1958 (age 60)
EducationVanderbilt University, George Washington University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OccupationNaval architect, engineer, businessperson
TitleChairman, President & CEO of American Bureau of Shipping. Chairman of ABS Group of Companies.

Christopher J. Wiernicki (born Sept. 29, 1958) is a naval architect, engineer, and businessperson. He is the Chairman, President, and CEO of American Bureau of Shipping,[1] an international classification organization, and also serves as Chairman of ABS Group of Companies, a global risk consulting and technical services company.[2]


Wiernicki obtained his BS degree in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University, an MS degree in Structural Engineering from George Washington University, and an MS degree in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[3] He also completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.[3]

Prior to joining ABS in 1993, Wiernicki was President and CEO of Designers and Planners Inc., a naval architecture firm.

In 2013, Wiernicki was inducted into the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science Hall of Fame.[4] He received The Vice Admiral Emory S. "Jerry" Land Medal from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers for Outstanding Accomplishment in the Marine Field.[5] In 2016, Wiernicki was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame[6] and received the Admiral of the Ocean Seas Award from the United Seamen's Service.[7] He has been awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Maine Maritime Academy[8] and State University of New York Maritime College.[9] Wiernicki served as Chairman of Council of the International Association of Classification Societies from 2015-2016.[10][11] In 2017, Wiernicki was inducted to the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni,[12] named to the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering's Board of Visitors,[13] conferred an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology,[14] and named the Massachusetts Maritime Academy's Person of the Year.[15] In 2018, he was recognized as one of the top 50 influential people in the tanker shipping and trade industry by Tanker Shipping & Trade[16] and was named the International Personality of the Year at the annual Greek Shipping Awards.[17]


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  5. ^ "Vice Admiral Emory S. "Jerry" Land Medal".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-02. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Imperatore, Marcus, Wiernicki to receive Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards - Professional Mariner - Web Bulletin 2016".
  8. ^ "Maine Maritime Academy".
  9. ^ "Christopher J. Wiernicki Awarded Honorary Doctor of Science". The Maritime Executive.
  10. ^ "IACS". Archived from the original on 2017-02-05. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "IACS Chairman Term Concludes, Urges Safety Improvements". Maritime Logistics Professional. 21 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Engineering school announces 2017 alumni honorees". Vanderbilt University.
  13. ^ "Board of Visitors". School of Engineering.
  14. ^ "ABS Chairman, President and CEO Addresses Stevens Institute of Technology Graduates - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide".
  15. ^ "Maritime Executive".
  16. ^ "Tanker Shipping and Trade Industry Leaders 2018". issuu. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ December 2018, Athens-7 (8 December 2018). "Congratulations to the 2018 Winners!". Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards. Retrieved 2018.

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