Christopher-KochChristopher L. Koch
Senior Advisor, World Shipping Council


  • Senior Advisor and former President & CEO, World Shipping Council (2000 to present)
    WSC is a trade association with offices in Washington, D.C. and Brussels. WSC members are the world’s leading liner shipping ocean carriers, carrying over 90% of global containerized trade. WSC interfaces with various international organizations, the European Commission and EU Member States, the United States government, and other industry organizations with respect to public policy issues affecting the maritime transportation industry.

    • Member, U.S. Ocean Policy Commission
      Established by an Act of the U.S. Congress, the Commission presented the Congress and the President with a comprehensive ocean policy blueprint and set of recommendations in 2004
    • Chairman, National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (2004-09)
      Advisory committee to the U.S. Coast Guard on maritime security policy and programs
    • Member, Commercial Operations Advisory Committee (2004-2008)
      Advisory committee to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security on cargo security and customs policies
  • Sr. Vice-President and General Counsel, Sea-Land Service (1993-2000)
    Sea-Land pioneered containerized shipping and was the largest liner shipping company in the world. Mr. Koch was the company’s chief legal officer and oversaw the legal, regulatory and legislative affairs activities of the company.
  • Chairman, U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (1990-1993)
    • The FMC is an independent U.S. federal regulatory agency, which oversees and regulates transportation providers engaged in U.S. international maritime commerce.
  • Chief of Staff, Senator John McCain (AZ) (1987-1990)
  • Chief of Staff, Senator Slade Gorton (WA) (1983-1987)
  • Of Counsel, Bogle & Gates law firm, Seattle and Washington, D.C. (1981-83)
  • Legislative Director, Senator Warren Magnuson (WA) (1980)
  • Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (1977-1980)