Atlas Corporate Governance

Our Board of Directors sets exacting standards for our employees, officers and directors, informed by a guiding principle of sound corporate governance.

Directors & Officers
 

Atlas' directors and officers are responsible for the overall direction and management of our company's affairs. They act honestly, and in good faith, with a view to the company's best interests.

  • David Sokol

    David Sokol

    Chairman

    David Sokol is the Chairman of Atlas Corp. Over his 40-year career, Mr. Sokol has founded three companies to date, taken three companies public and while acting as Chairman and CEO of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, sold the company to Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. in 2000. Mr. Sokol continued with Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., until he retired in March 2011, when he left in order to manage his family business investments, Teton Capital, LLC, as Chairman and CEO. Teton Capital, LLC is a family holding company which oversees investments in globally diversified businesses. Mr. Sokol currently sits on a number of boards, including Atlas Corp., Horatio Alger Association, and The Horatio Alger Association Foundation. Mr. Sokol’s business philosophy, based upon vision, strategy and six operating principles, is described in a book he authored in 2008, Pleased But Not Satisfied. It is a simple business model with a definite focus on developing future leaders.

  • Alistair Buchanan

    Director

    Alistair Buchanan is a Director of Atlas Corp. Mr. Buchanan has been a non-executive Director of Thames Water, where he chairs the Strategy Committee and serves on the Audit Committee, since 2018. Mr. Buchanan has served as a non-executive Director of Electricity North West, where he is a member of the Valuation Committee, since 2018, and WH Ireland plc, where he chairs its Audit Committee, since 2019. Mr. Buchanan joined KPMG U.K. as a Partner in 2013 and chaired KPMG’s U.K. power and utilities practice from 2013 to 2018. From 2003 to 2013, Mr. Buchanan was the Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), a non-ministerial government department, which serves as the U.K.’s gas and electricity markets regulator. Mr. Buchanan received the CBE medal from the Queen in 2008 with the citation being: “for services to the development of energy policy.” Mr. Buchanan received B.A., Politics (Honors) from St. Chad’s College, Durham University.

  • Lawrence Chin

    Lawrence Chin

    Director

    Lawrence Chin is a Director of Atlas Corp. Mr. Chin has over 20 years of experience in global capital markets, and has served with Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel (Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited) since 2016, initially as Managing Director before being appointed to Chief Operating Officer in 2019. Previous to this, he spent 17 years in leadership positions at Mackenzie Cundill Investments. From 2010 to 2016, as Senior Vice President and Co-Team Lead, Mr. Chin co-led the Cundill brand, overseeing approximately $10 billion in global assets. From 2008 to 2010, in his role as Vice President, Portfolio Manager and Head of Research, he managed the company’s research department and was the Lead Portfolio Manager of over $3 billion in assets. From 1999 to 2008, he held the position of Partner, Analyst at Cundill Investments prior to its sale to Mackenzie Investments in 2006. Mr. Chin is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

  • John C. Hsu

    John C. Hsu

    Director

    John Hsu is a Director of Atlas Corp. For generations, Mr. Hsu’s family have owned and operated bulkers, tankers and specialized ships through entities such as Sincere Navigation Corp. (Taiwan-listed) and Oak Maritime Group. Currently, Mr. Hsu is a Director of Seaspan Corporation, a Director of the family’s single family office, OSS Capital, as well as a Director of Isola Capital, a multifamily office based in Hong Kong that manages direct investments in private equity. From 2008 to 2012, he was the Chairman of TSSI Inc. (a Taiwan-based surveillance IC solutions provider). From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Hsu was a Partner of Ajia Partners, a prominent privately-owned alternative asset investment firm. From 1998 to 2002, he was Chief Investment Officer of Matrix Global Investments, a hedge fund of U.S.-listed technology companies. Mr. Hsu received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University. He is fluent in English, Japanese and Mandarin.

  • Nicholas Pitts-Tucker

    Nicholas Pitts-Tucker

    Director

    Nicholas Pitts-Tucker is a Director of Atlas Corp. and is the Chair of the Audit Committee. Mr. Pitts-Tucker joined Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in 1997, following 14 years at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and over 10 years at Grindlays Bank Limited in Asia. At Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mr. Pitts-Tucker served for 13 years with particular emphasis on project shipping and aviation finance in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In December 2010, Mr. Pitts-Tucker was appointed as a Director of Black Rock Frontier Investment Trust PLC, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and is a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Pitts-Tucker is a member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, which was founded in 1901 to promote greater knowledge and understanding of Central Asia and countries from the Middle East to Japan. In August 2013, Mr. Pitts-Tucker was appointed as Governor of the University of Northampton, U.K.’s number 1 University for Social Enterprise. Mr. Pitts Tucker has a Master of Arts degree from Christchurch, Oxford University and a Master of Business Administration from Cranfield University.

  • Larry Simkins

    Larry Simkins

    Director

    Larry Simkins is a Director of Atlas Corp. and is the Chair of the Compensation and Governance Committee. Mr. Simkins currently serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of The Washington Companies (“WashCo”), providing leadership and direction to the companies by serving as a member of the Board of Directors for each individual company. WashCo is an international group of privately-owned companies transacting business in the areas of rail transportation, marine transportation, mining, environmental construction, heavy equipment sales, and aviation products. Mr. Simkins previously served as a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from 2010 to 2016. Mr. Simkins currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of Gonzaga University and the Boy Scouts of America-Montana Council, and as Co-Chair of Governor Bullock’s Main Street Montana Project.

  • Stephen Wallace

    Stephen Wallace

    Director

    Stephen Wallace is a Director of Atlas Corp. Mr. Wallace has worked for over 30 years in global affairs and public administration. As Deputy Minister in Canada’s federal government until December 31, 2017, he has worked extensively with emerging economies and large-scale enterprises, was responsible for core government operations at the Treasury Board, led civil reconstruction programs in some of the world’s major conflict zones, and was most recently the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada. He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors with an academic background in international trade and extensive experience in international negotiation. He currently sits on three private sector boards (including energy and large-scale facilities management services), as well as several charitable organizations. Mr. Wallace grew up in an Atlantic Coast naval family and is currently an advisor to government, corporations and academic institutions.

  • Bing Chen

    Bing Chen

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Bing Chen is President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Atlas Corp. Mr. Chen also currently serves as the Chairman of the Board and President and Chief Executive Officer of Seaspan Corporation. Over his 25 year career, Mr. Chen has held executive positions in Asia, Europe and North America. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas (China) Ltd. leading the bank’s growth strategy in China. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Chen was the Director and General Manager for Trafigura Investment (China), where he was responsible for the P&L of domestic and international commodities trading in the country. Between 2009 and 2011, he was in charge of building the greater China investment banking practice at Houlihan Lokey, Inc. as the Managing Director and Head of Asia financial advisory. Between 2001 and 2009, Mr. Chen held executive roles across Europe, including Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of industrial leasing and aircraft chartering businesses. Between 1999 and 2001, he worked as a Director, Business Strategy at Deutsche Bank in New York. Mr. Chen is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), and received a B.S., Accountancy (Magna Cum Laude) (Honors) from Bernard Baruch College, and an MBA (Honors) from Columbia Business School.

  • Ryan Courson

    Ryan Courson

    Chief Financial Officer

    Ryan Courson is the Chief Financial Officer of Atlas Corp. and has served as Seaspan Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer since May 2018. He joined Seaspan in March 2018 as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. Prior to joining Seaspan, Mr. Courson spent three years at Falcon Edge Capital, investing in diversified technology and asset-intensive businesses. Before that, Mr. Courson worked at Teton Capital, a private investment office, as an investment professional and acting CFO of Teton’s Davos Brands. Mr. Courson began his career working at Berkshire Hathaway, with various Berkshire portfolio companies. Mr. Courson, who is fluent in Mandarin, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington University in St. Louis, where he currently serves as a visiting professor.

  • Tina Lai

    Tina Lai

    Chief Human Resources Officer

    Tina Lai is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Atlas Corp. and has served as Seaspan Corporation’s Chief Human Resources Officer since July 2018. Prior to joining Seaspan, Ms. Lai spent five years at Metrie, the largest supplier and manufacturer of solid wood and composite molding in North America. As Vice President, Human Resources, she was part of the senior leadership team, playing a key role in building out the human resources function. Ms. Lai has 20 years of experience as a results-oriented human resources professional across numerous industries, serving in leadership positions with broad oversight responsibilities. Ms. Lai is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and is a graduate of the Human Resources Management program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

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