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April 1-3, 2025
Hilton University of Houston
Houston, TX

John D. Mccown

John D. McCown

Non-Resident Senior Fellow Center for Maritime Strategy


John D. McCown is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Maritime Strategy. He is an internationally recognized expert in container shipping and maritime commerce. Mr. McCown has more than four decades of operating and investment experience in his field. He was a co-founder and CEO of U.S. flag carrier Trailer Bridge, Inc. and also formerly led transport investments at a $20 billion hedge fund.

Transportation pioneer Malcom McLean, the inventor of container shipping mentored Mr. McCown, and they worked together for twenty years. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is also the holder of two maritime related patents. Mr. McCown is the author of “Giants Of The Sea: Ships & Men Who Changed The World”, a book on the modern cargo shipping industry and how it developed. He advises, lectures and writes extensively about maritime issues and his regular reports on the container shipping sector are widely read and quoted.

At the Center for Maritime Strategy, Mr. McCown’s research and analysis will focus on the intersection of merchant shipping and maritime commerce with national security.