Ingar Skaug is group chief executive officer of the leading global maritime industry group Wilh. Wilhelmsen, and also serves as chairman of the Center for Creative Leadership's Board of Governors. At Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Skaug leads a company with more than 13,300 employees and offices in 70 countries. Under his guidance, the company, based at Lysaker, Norway, has instituted many pioneering leadership practices related to employee empowerment, diversity, environmental responsibility and innovation. Wilh. Wilhelmsen's value-centered approach is based on the conviction that creative and motivated employees are the key to competitive advantage. Few executives have had the weight of leadership thrust upon them as swiftly and completely as Skaug. In 1989, the entire leadership team of Wilhelmsen Lines - a subsidiary of Wilh. Wilhelmsen - was killed in a plane crash on the way to a ship-naming ceremony. Skaug, who at that time was heading Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) in Norway, was recruited as Wilhelmsen Lines' new managing director. His mission: helping the close-knit and distraught company's employees rebuild in the wake of tragedy. Under Skaug's leadership, Wilhelmsen Lines and its parent company have evolved into diverse and fast-growing organizations that set the standard in the global shipping industry.