ClassNK has announced that it has appointed its current Executive Vice President, Koichi Fujiwara, as Chairman and President effective 7 March 2016. Mr Fujiwara has also been appointed as a Representative Director of the classification society.
Noboru Ueda has stepped down as Representative Director, Chairman and President.
Current Executive Vice Presidents, Yasushi Nakamura and Tetsuya Kinoshita, will continue in their present roles, joined by Junichiro Iida as Managing Director. Tetsushi Agata has been appointed as an Executive Auditor as part of ClassNK’s aim to strengthen its auditing system.
Mr Fujiwara said: “Following the recent downturn of the shipping and shipbuilding markets, the business environment surrounding ClassNK has become even more challenging. Under our new executive team, we will work to ensure stable operations and further enhance our corporate governance as required of an independent third-party organisation so that the Society can continue contributing to the development of the maritime industry in the long-term.”
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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