Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless Plans 2024 Retirement - Oceana

Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless Plans 2024 Retirement

Press Release Date: August 22, 2023

Location: Washington, DC


Gillian Spolarich | email: gspolarich@oceana.org

Sam Waterston, Chair of Oceana’s Board of Directors, issued the following statement:

“Andy Sharpless, Oceana’s CEO of 20 years notified the Board that he plans to retire in the summer of 2024.

The Board is very grateful to him for his leadership in building an organization that has grown to be an enormously effective advocate of policies that protect and restore an abundant and biodiverse ocean.

He also has built a strong team led by President Jim Simon, with a deep bench of talent both in the U.S. and in its campaign teams around the globe.

The Board of Directors appreciates the year’s notice Andy has given of his retirement and will use that time to run a thoughtful and inclusive process to appoint his successor.”

Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana is rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one-quarter of the world’s wild fish catch. With more than 275 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, oil and plastic pollution, and the killing of threatened species like turtles, whales, and sharks, Oceana’s campaigns are delivering results. A restored ocean means that 1 billion people can enjoy a healthy seafood meal, every day, forever. Together, we can save the oceans and help feed the world. Visit Oceana.org to learn more.