Paul Boissier is new RNLI chief

Former chief operating officer of the Royal Navy takes over from Andrew Freemantle

Boissier: former submariner
Boissier: former submariner

Paul Boissier, former Cold War submariner and Royal Navy chief operating officer, is to take over from Andrew Freemantle as chief executive of the RNLI.

Freemantle will retire in September after more than 10 years of running the organisation, whose income in 2007 was more than £150m.

During his navy career, Boissier captained two submarines and an anti-submarine frigate, HMS Chatham. He then did a business degree. For the past two years he has been the navy's chief operating officer.

He said: "I have been absolutely bowled over by the sense of commitment, service, courage and energy that drives the RNLI and its people. It is one of the country's most valued and respected charities, doing a uniquely challenging job – and consistently performing to the highest standards."

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