On the afternoon of November 1, 2021, China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation held a meeting of middle-level and above managers. The company announced the decision on the adjustment of the main responsible comrades of China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation:
Wan Min was appointed Chairman and Party Secretary of China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation; Xu Lirong was removed from the position of Chairman and Party Secretary of China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation. The appointment and removal of relevant positions shall be handled in accordance with the provisions of relevant laws and articles of association.
Xu Lirong, currently party secretary and chairman of China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation, retired.
Xu Lirong, born in July 1957, is a native of Yancheng, Jiangsu Province. He served as a captain of merchant vessels, and holds the qualification of a senior engineer and a degree of MBA from Shanghai Maritime University. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Board and Party Secretary of China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation Limited (COSCO SHIPPING).
Mr. Xu started his career in March 1975 at COSCO Shanghai and successively worked as Third Officer, Second Officer and Chief Officer on ships. In February 1986, he was appointed the captain of ocean-going vessels. He was transferred to work onshore in 1992, and had been Deputy Head of Ship Management Department of COSCO Shanghai, General Manager and Party Secretary of COSCO Shanghai's Freight Forwarding Company, President and Party Secretary of Shanghai Shipping Exchange, President and Deputy Party Secretary of COSCO Container Lines, Executive Vice President and Deputy Party Secretary of China COSCO Holdings Company Limited, Executive Vice President, Party Committee Member and Chairman of the Trade Union of China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company(COSCO). In August 2011, he acted as Director, President and Party Committee Member of China Shipping (Group) Company (China Shipping), and became Chairman of the Board and Party Secretary of China Shipping in November 2013. From December 2015 till present, he has been Chairman of the Board and Party Secretary of COSCO SHIPPIG. Mr. Xu has been a delegate to the 18th and 19th National Congresses of the Communist Party of China (CPC), a delegate to the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the 13th NPC, and a member of the 10th and 11th CPC Shanghai Municipal Committees.
Xu Lirong was awarded the National Labor Day Medal, the Top 10 Outstanding Figures in China's Marine Industry in 2016, BIMCO President's Award, the Seatrade International Maritime 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award and many other honors. At the conference celebrating the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up, he was also awarded the honorary title of "Reform Pioneer" by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council.
Source: Sarah Yu, XINDE MARINE NEWS