Service Delivery Drives ABS to Realign European Division

The drive for service delivery has prompted class society ABS to realign its Europe Division Operations from three regions into four operating regions. The previous East, West and Middle East regions have been replaced by a new alignment of Northern & Africa Region, Southern Region, Eastern Region and Middle Eastern Region.

This move is one in a series of sweeping changes ABS has taken to adjust to the changing dynamics in its activities and better serve its clients. "The continued growth of the ABS fleet requires us to constantly evaluate our organizational structure so that we can continue to offer the best possible service to our clients," stressed ABS Chairman and CEO Robert Somerville.

In particular, the diverse European market has ABS serving its traditional shipowning clients as well as emerging offshore markets, including West Africa, the Caspian Sea and the Middle East.

A key element in its overall client-centered strategy is the creation of a new corporate position of Vice President, Global Operations to be based in Houston. Robert Gilman, former Senior Vice President Operations, Europe Division, has assumed this newly-created position.

Replacing Gilman within Europe is Karel Van Campenhout, who has been serving as Vice President of the Western Region of Europe. Karel has assumed the role of Senior Vice President, Operations. Karel remains based in Antwerp.

The four new Regional Vice Presidents for Europe are:

  • Shadd Williams, Northern and Africa Region. Shadd remains based in Antwerp.
  • Stefano Penco, Southern Region. The regional headquarters is based in Genoa.
  • Joe Brincat, Middle Eastern Region, based in Dubai.
  • Demetri Stroubakis, Eastern Region, based in Piraeus.

"A better realignment of our division's geographic boundaries combined with the additional operating region puts us in the best position to serve the varying needs of our client base," commented Todd Grove, Europe Division President and COO. "We have the network of global resources available to us and, just as important, the strong regional leadership and resources to reach out to our clients locally for the responsiveness they demand."

With the appointment of these Regional Vice Presidents follow other key personnel changes. Paolo Puccio has been promoted to Country Manager for Italy with Enrico Brina selected to head Italy's Engineering Department as Manager.

Simon Jones, currently Caspian District Manager, will later this year establish and manage a new District Headquarters for West Africa.

ABS is the third largest class society in terms of aggregate gross tons and maintains it continues to be the largest society in terms of the number of vessels and offshore units in its class.

Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life, property and the marine environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities.