Bud Darr, Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, MSC Group

An experienced global maritime leader in the areas of policy, government, and related law, Bud Darr previously served in the US Navy, US Merchant Marine and US Coast Guard. In 2010, he retired from his government career to join the Cruise Lines International Association and was Global Senior Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs. Today, Bud is engaged across MSC’s Cargo and Passenger divisions, including MSC’s container shipping and cruises businesses. He is closely involved in MSC’s response to developments in environmental public policy and regulation and other industry-wide issues such as carbon reduction, maritime security, safety at sea, illegal wildlife trafficking and international shipping policy. Bud’s longstanding connection with the sea and ships that sail upon it is both personal and professional and he is also an accomplished ocean yacht racer.