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Wednesday, February 26, 2020 

The fourth-generation family owner of the Wilhelmsen Group, Wilhelm Wilhelmsen, died on 22 February.

The Wilhelmsen group was established by Wilhelm Wilhelmsen's great grandfather in Tønsberg, Norway in 1861. Wilhelm Wilhelmsen formally joined the company as a partner in 1964. In 1992, he accepted the position as chair of the board. Except for a short period as group CEO, he held the top position in the company until 2010, remaining active until the end.

Wilhelm Wilhelmsen, born in 1937, was instrumental in developing the Wilhelmsen group from a traditional liner company with trades all over the world to one of the largest maritime industry groups with almost 15 000 employees in more than 70 countries. He steered the company through many important and difficult situations, including the offshore crisis in the 1980s and the Partnair and Tampa incidents.

In addition to serving on boards of many companies and having honorary posts in several Norwegian and international shipping and maritime organisations, Wilhelm Wilhelmsen contributed, through the Tom Wilhelmsens Stiftelse, to causes including maritime and medical research, sports, culture, and humanitarian organisations.

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