Jonathan Whitworth joined Seaspan in 2009 as Chief Executive Officer, bringing over 20 years of seagoing, shore side, strategic planning, management, and leadership experience to the organization. In March 2017, Jonathan announced his retirement from Seaspan effective December 31, 2017. In the meantime, he will serve as Interim CEO, Seaspan Shipyards.
After graduating from the Texas Maritime Academy, Jonathan sailed for six years as an officer aboard tankers and chemical carriers in the international market. He also still holds an unlimited chief mate’s license, and a 1600- ton captain’s license.
After completing his MBA at the University of North Texas, Jonathan came ashore and held a number of management positions at ExxonMobil and Teekay Shipping. He later became CEO of Maritrans Inc., the largest publicly held tug/barge and tanker operator in the US Jones Act trade. Maritrans was sold to Overseas Shipholding Group of New York, in 2006, and Jonathan was retained as President to continue the strategic plan created at Maritrans.
Outside of Seaspan, Jonathan is involved in the industry and business community sitting on many boards including Industry Training Authority, Marine Transportation Advisory Council, Business Council of BC (past chair), Texas A&M University Galveston, Co-Chair – Board of Trade’s “Greater Vancouver Economic Scorecard”, and has been a member of YPO since 2004.