CSL Group head Rod Jones will retire effective March 31, 2017, after a career with the Canadian dry bulk shipper that spans over 30 years, including nine years as president and chief executive officer. Louis Martel, currently CSL International president and CSL Group executive vice-president, will assume the role of chief executive officer effective April 1, 2017.
During his three decades at CSL, Jones helped to transform what was a Great Lakes focused shipping business into the world’s largest owner and operator of self-unloading ships, expanding beyond Canada and the Americas to Australia, Asia and Europe.
Martel joined Canada Steamship Lines as a naval architect in 1997 and transferred to CSL Americas in 2003 where he became vice-president, technical operations. He took the helm of Canada Steamship Lines as president in April 2012 and was promoted to executive vice-president, CSL Group, and president, Canada Steamship Lines in January 2014. A year later, he was appointed president, CSL International.