Leadership Profile


Lawrence Simkins


Mr. Lawrence Simkins was appointed as a director of Atlas Corp. in November 2019 and is chair of the audit committee.  Mr. Simkins also serves as a director of Poseidon Corp. and served as a director of Seaspan from April 2017 to March 2020. From 2001 to his retirement in September 2022, Mr. Simkins was President and CEO of The Washington Companies, an affiliate of Seaspan’s second-largest shareholder, providing enterprise-wide leadership and strategic direction by also serving on the board of directors of each individual company. The Washington Companies consist of privately owned companies and select public company investments in the sectors of rail and marine transportation, shipyards, mining, environmental construction, heavy equipment sales and aviation products. Mr. Simkins is a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, completing his second term in December of 2016. Mr. Simkins currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Gonzaga University and the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a certified public accountant (inactive) and received a B.S., Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Montana.

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