Compagnie Générale Maritime (C.G.M.)
An abbreviation for 'Compagnie Générale Maritime,' founded in 1855 and renamed as Compagnie Générale Transatlantique in 1861. The two companies merged to form Compagnie Générale Maritime in 1973 as a French state-run entity.
Jacques Saadé, created CMA in 1977 as an intra-Mediterranean liner service. In 1996, CGM was privatised and sold to Compagnie Maritime d'Affr�tement (CMA) to form CMA CGM.