BEIJING—Gao Weijie, former chairman of China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) America, has joined APCO Worldwide as a senior counselor and international advisory council member. Gao, who also serves as chairman of the China operation of Lloyd’s Register Asia, has more than 42 years of experience in the shipping, transportation and logistics industry.
"Gao’s exceptional experience working in China, Europe and the United States is unique," says APCO chairman and chief executive Margery Kraus. "He knows how to operate successfully in some of the world’s most important markets. Gao’s insights will prove invaluable to Western clients looking to enter and expand in China and beyond, and also to Chinese and other new multinationals based in emerging economies who want to grow their operations westward."
Gao started his career at COSCO in 1965, eventually serving as executive vice president. During his career at COSCO, Gao was involved in overseeing various aspects of the firm, including ship husbanding, planning, chartering, operations, pricing and the commercial aspects of shipping including insurance, protection and indemnity issues, and claim settlements. He also acted as a leading spokesperson for the COSCO Group, facilitating international cooperation and dialogue between the shipping and transportation industries and government, particularly in the United States.