For five days in April 2009, the world was glued to their TV screens as Capt. Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a US ship in more than 200 years. A "floating CEO" in charge of the day-to-day operations of a multi-million dollar ship, Captain Richard Phillips has a compelling story and valuable lessons for anyone involved in running a business today.
Captain Richard Phillips
Though Captain Phillips describes himself as a "regular guy," the world knows that his actions were anything but ordinary after the pirate attack. His harrowing and heroic efforts to survive an ordeal that riveted the world were only matched in valor by his decisive actions to save his crew and the ship they sailed.
President Obama said, "I share the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans."
The dramatic story of Captain Richard Phillips and his crew aboard the Maersk Alabama will be heading to the big screen courtesy of Columbia Pictures and an in-the-works book will tell of his experience and his remarkable rescue.