Robert Johnston

Robert Johnston Retired CEO, Overseas Shipholding Group

Seagoing Experience

Joined Overseas Shipholding Group's (OSG) oil tanker fleet in June 1969 as a third mate. In February 1974 assumed command of a 38,000 ton tanker. Seagoing experience was gained on crude oil and product tankers in all capacities from Third Mate to Master.


Shore Experience

In 1976 came ashore as a Marine Superintendent for Maritime Overseas Corporation, the agent for Overseas Shipholding Group. In 1983 was named Vice President - U.S. Flag Operations. Responsibilities included the daily and long term operation of a fleet of 16 U.S Flag vessels. In November 1993 was named Senior Vice President and in October 1995 was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of OSG's 75+ worldwide fleet of ships. In December 1997 was promoted to Executive Vice President. In September 2005 was appointed OSG's Head of Worldwide Shipping Operations for OSG's 100+ fleet of oil tankers and in January 2009 was appointed Head of the US Flag Business unit. In February 2013 was appointed President and CEO of OSG to lead the company out of Chapter 11. After successfully leading OSG out of Chapter 11 retired after a 45 year career in August 2014.



B.S. Marine Transportation - State University of New York Maritime College - 1969

Dartmouth University - Tuck Business school - Executive Program


Professional Organizations

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) - Council Member and Classification Committee Member

American Maritime Association (AMA) - President

Gard AS- (Protection and Indemnity Insurer) - Past Board Member

International Tanker Owners Association (lntertanko) - Past Excom Member & Past Vice- Chairman

Marine Preservation Association (MPA) - Past Director

National Cargo Bureau (NCB) - Member

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