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One Hundred People 2020: Reader recommendations invited

It is time to choose the people who will feature in our annual Top 100 rankings. Who would you recommend?

With the deadline for our ‘One Hundred People 2020’ fast approaching, our editorial team is busy compiling and comparing notes: reflecting on the year that was; pinpointing shipping’s main protagonists; and making a case for who will be setting the agenda heading in 2021. However, we are also calling on readers for their input on who warrants an entry

LLOYD’S List is busy compiling its annual listing of the 100 most influential people in shipping, spotlighting those that at the forefront of industry thinking, the head honchos making their mark and the individuals shaping shipping today.

The occasion has become a firm fixture on the maritime calendar that celebrates excellence, while going some way to soothing the egos of shipping’s hierarchy.

Make no mistake, the One Hundred People series has drawn plenty of attention over the years, with several eye-catching — or some might say “controversial” — inclusions.

Our inbox is also prone to receiving the odd disgruntled shipowner demanding an explanation for his or her listing downgrade post-publication.

However, we strive to ensure ranking positions and entries are backed up with compelling arguments and justification — even if a “disgruntled shipowner” may disagree.

With the deadline for One Hundred People 2020 fast approaching, our editorial team is busy compiling and comparing notes; reflecting on the year that was; pinpointing shipping’s main protagonists; and making a case for who will be setting the agenda heading into 2021.

Last year, Xu Lirong and Li Jianhong — the respective chairs of China Cosco Shipping Corp and China Merchants Group — claimed top spot in recognition of how the success of the two companies has been intertwined with the rise of China to an economic and maritime powerhouse over the past four decades.

So, who to elect this year? It has been 12 months like no other thanks to the global coronavirus pandemic, which will certainly have a notable impact on the 2020 rankings.

As such, we will be looking to recognise those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, and the unsung heroes that have steered shipping on a steady course through this period of untold upheaval.

The 2020 rankings, as well as our regular sector top 10s, will be revealed in December.

However, we are also looking to our readers for input. If someone has escaped our attention, or you think of an individual who you feel simply cannot be ignored in this year’s list, please send your recommendation to: linton.nightingale@informa.com

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