Ex-shipping chief to run Greenwich museums
Paddy Rodgers, former CEO of the Euronav shipping company, one of the biggest in the world, is to be the new director of Royal Museums Greenwich, having had no previous experience in museums management.
Rodgers, who stepped down at Euronav in February after 19 years, will succeed Kevin Fewster in August. The group comprises the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observartory, the Queen’s House and Cutty Sark.
A Greenwich resident, last year Rodgers ran a marathon to raise funds to refurbish the Royal Observatory. He got a law degree in 1981 and went to Hong Kong in 1986 where he switched careers to shipping. He joined Euronav in 1996, becoming chief finance officer in 1998 and chief executive in 2000.
The appointment follows the successful completion of a masterplan put in place by Fewster, said trustees chair Sir Charles Dunstone. “With his first class links in the maritime industries, demonstrable communication and leadership skills and experience of environmental impacts, the Museum’s Trustees believe Paddy is the right person to lead the Museum on the next stage of our development” he said.