ABS has announced that it has centralised its global Marine strategic planning, client development, and product and service offerings in an attempt to deliver enhanced classification services and joint technical projects.
Effective 15 February 2016, Dr Kirsi Tikka has been promoted to the new role of Executive Vice President – Global Marine.
Dr Tikka will align ABS strategic planning, client development, and product and service offerings with the industry’s technical needs and requirements. Dedicated market sector leaders will focus on container ships, tankers and bulk carriers, and an executive team will deliver practical energy efficiency, environmental performance, and global gas solutions.
ABS Chairman, President and CEO, Christopher J. Wiernicki, said: “An industry-recognised and respected expert, Kirsi brings tremendous experience and insight to deliver improved coordination, consistency and responsiveness to our members and clients […] Kirsi is precisely the right person at the right time with the unique understanding and proficiency to help our clients navigate increasingly challenging regulatory waters.
“This new centralised approach positions us more closely to market drivers and provides a more consistent structure for technology development and even stronger client relationships […] As a result, we are better situated to execute on our mission to support industry safety.”
Rick Pride will replace Tikka to become Division President of Europe and Africa with responsibility for overall day-to-day operations.
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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