Philip J. Shapiro
Philip J. Shapiro is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Shipping Group LLC (LSG) and Liberty Maritime Corporation (LMC), a New York based ship management company, as well as Chairman of the Board of Liberty Global Logistics LLC (LGL), a multimodal marine transportation and logistics company. Mr. Shapiro heads the owning and operating entities for ten vessels aggregating nearly 550,000 deadweight tons, including six U.S. flag and four foreign flag vessels.
As the President and CEO of LSG and its related companies, Mr. Shapiro heads one of the largest independent privately held U.S. flag pure dry bulk shipping companies. The Liberty fleet has distinguished itself as an outstanding carrier of U.S. origin overseas food aid shipments for over 23 years. It has successfully transported over 30 million tons of food aid on over 500 voyages to more than 40 countries worldwide as well as other preference cargoes for various U.S. government agencies, including the Departments of Agriculture, State, Defense as well as the United Nation’s World Food Program and various private voluntary organizations.
In 2004, he founded Liberty Global Logistics LLC (LGL), a diversification for the Liberty Group into the international Roll-on/Roll-off car and truck vehicle commercial trade. One of LGL’s vessels, the MV Prestige New York, is enrolled in the Maritime Security Program. Liberty took delivery of two new U.S. flag PCTC sister ships, the MV Liberty Pride and MV Liberty Promise, in 2009 and 2010, respectively. These ships are the newest and most modern commercial vessels in the U.S. flag fleet.
Prior to founding Liberty in 1988, Mr. Shapiro served as Vice President and General Counsel of Apex Marine Corporation. Before joining Apex Marine in 1980, he practiced corporate and real estate law for two years with a New York City law firm.
Born on December 8, 1952 in New York City, he was raised in Great Neck, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York City in 1974. In 1975, he enrolled in the Hofstra University Law School, receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1978. He was then admitted to practice law by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York as well as by the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Mr. Shapiro is an elected member of the American Bureau of Shipping and the National Cargo Bureau. He currently serves as a Director on a number of private and public corporate and charitable boards including the American Bureau of Shipping, the National Maritime Historical Society, the United Seamen’s Service and the American Maritime Congress. He also serves on Hofstra Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Board. Mr. Shapiro is an Associate Trustee of the North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System, the largest health care provider on Long Island, and a member of its Executive Associate Trustee Committee.
In 1998, he was named Management Man of the Year by the Maritime Port Council of Greater New York and Vicinity. In 2001, he received the Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) award from the United Seamen’s Service for his distinguished service and outstanding contribution to the American shipping industry. In 2002, he was presented with the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his leadership of and achievements in the international shipping community. He received Hofstra University’s Distinguished Service Award in 2007.
Mr. Shapiro has often appeared before congressional committees and administrative agencies as a spokesman for the U.S. flag shipping industry. Most notably, he was the dry bulk shipping sector’s representative to President Reagan’s Commission on the Merchant Marine and National Defense and one of the three industry representatives selected to serve on President Clinton’s Maritime Policy Working Group, which helped develop the government’s Maritime Security Program that was subsequently enacted into law by the Congress of the United States. Most recently, he testified before a number of congressional panels on the issue of piracy after the MV Liberty Sun was attacked off the coast of Kenya.