South Korean made new head of IMO in surprise move
South Korea’s Lim Ki-tack has been selected to replace Japan's Koji Sekimizu as secretary-general of the International Maritime Organisation after one of the closest votes in the organisation’s history.
The IMO, which oversees the global maritime industry as a unit of the United Nations, elected Ki-tack over director general of the Danish Maritime Authority, Andreas Nordseth, who was considered a favourite to win.
Voting took a full four hours, one of the longest voting processes in the IMO’s history, reflecting the extremely close nature of the election, say sources.
Lim Ki-tack currently heads Busan Port Authority. He was educated at Korea Maritime and Ocean University and has served in South Korea's maritime administration for close to 30 years.
Ki-tack has been active in the IMO since the mid-1980s and has a solid international network.