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Christopher J. Wiernicki

Chris Wiernicki is chairman, president and CEO of ABS and chairman of the ABS Group of Companies Inc. He previously served as chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies and held senior roles at ABS, including president and chief operating officer (COO), chief technology officer and president and COO of ABS Europe Ltd.


Wiernicki holds a bachelor of engineering in civil engineering from Vanderbilt and is a member of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni. He also earned a master of science in structural engineering from George Washington University, where he was later elected to the George Washington University Engineering Hall of Fame. He also holds a master of science in ocean engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program.


Wiernicki is a Fellow with the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. He was awarded the Vice Admiral Emory S. Land Medal in 2013 for outstanding accomplishment in the marine field, the United Seaman’s Service Admiral of the Ocean Seas Award in 2016 for outstanding contributions to the maritime industry, is a member of the International Maritime Hall of Fame Class of 2016, and was awarded honorary doctor of science degrees from Maine Maritime Academy and SUNY Maritime College. Wiernicki lectures at the university level on topics ranging from leadership to technology, serves on the Board of Trustees for the Seamen’s Church Institute as well as numerous university boards and advisory councils.