Admiral Robert E. Kramek is a retired Four Star Admiral in the United States Coast Guard, a naval architect and marine engineer. He culminated his notable 40-year military career with service as 20th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard and is the immediate past President, and a current Fellow, of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE), a member of the U.S. Navy League, and a lifetime member of the Reserve Officers Association.
Admiral Kramek recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). Prior to his election to this position by the ABS Board, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the ABS Americas Division of the class society.
Admiral Kramek graduated with honors from the United States Coast Guard Academy with a B.S. in Engineering in 1961 and attended postgraduate schools at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Alaska. He also attended the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, graduating with Highest Distinction. He completed the prestigious “Capstone” Program at the National Defense University’s Institute of Higher Defense Studies. He has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U. S. Naval War College, and the University of Michigan.
Admiral Kramek received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including Distinguished Service medals from the US Departments of Defense and Transportation, and an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He is presently a Maritime Advisor and Consultant serving on several Corporate Boards and Advisory Boards, including Foss Marine Holdings.