James Woodrow was appointed Managing Director of The China Navigation Company, the deep-sea shipping arm of the Swire group in September 2015. He was formerly Director Cargo for Cathay Pacific (2013-2015) and General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing for Cathay Pacific (2010-2013).
He was also a Director of Air Hong Kong Limited, Air China Cargo Limited, Cathay Pacific China Cargo Holdings Limited, Cathay Pacific Services Limited, Global Logistics System (HK) Company Limited, Global Logistics Systems Worldwide Company for Development of Freight Information Networks GmbH, HAS GSE Solutions Limited and Hong Kong Services Limited.
Before joining the Cargo team, Mr Woodrow was General Manager Japan for Cathay Pacific, responsible for managing 350 employees in six cities in Japan and overseeing the operation of almost 100 flights a week.
Mr Woodrow joined John Swire and Sons in September 1990 and spent 15 years in the sea freight industry with Swire Shipping in Tokyo, Sydney and Auckland, and Steamships Trading Company Limited in Papua New Guinea.
Mr Woodrow was born in the United Kingdom and educated at Bedford School and Cambridge University where he read Economics and Law. He has attended executive programmes at INSEAD and Stanford Graduate School of Business.