Tor E. Svensen – the Group Executive Vice President at DNV GL – has made the decision to retire, with effect from 1 August 2016. Svensen will continue to be active in the maritime industry, serving as a professor at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, where he will focus on education and research related to safety at sea. Svensen joined DNV in 1993, and has held a number of different positions, including Regional Manager in Singapore, Technical Director for the Global Maritime Business, and Global Head for the Maritime business with responsibility for classification and other DNV maritime activities. Between 2006 and 2012, he served as President and Deputy CEO for the DNV Group, and has been heavily involved in the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) (he was Chairman of IACS between 2007 and 2008).
Remi Eriksen, the Group President and CEO of the DNV GL Group, said: “Tor has made an outstanding contribution to the company over these past 23 years, through a transformative period for both our industry and DNV GL.
“His leadership has had a significant impact in keeping a strong focus on safety and the importance of the independent role of classification societies in the maritime industry. His insight, drive and engagement have made a lasting impact. I would like to thank him for his service on behalf of DNV GL and wish him all the best in his new endeavours.”
Svensen said: “DNV GL has given me many opportunities to take on varied challenges in different locations around the globe. I am thankful for having been able to work every day with so many good colleagues and customers in so many different fields.” He went on to say that, with the completion of the merger between DNV and GL, and the maritime management team place, now was the optimum time to retire from his position.
Svensen said: “Although having turned 60 last year, I feel too young to really retire and wanted to do something else while I still can.
“Safety at sea remains one of my main interests, and at Strathclyde I will lead research on the interface between politics and regulations and how that impacts safety. I will also be working on supporting the new Safety Research Centre DNV GL is establishing at Strathclyde jointly with RCCL and the University and there will surely be other engagements in the maritime industry as well.
“I will remain in the maritime industry and will engage in activities that interest me and where I feel I can contribute with my experience.”
Edited from press release by David Rowlands
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