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Frank Coles to take up ceo role at Wallem

Former Transas chief Frank Coles is taking over the helm at Wallem Group from the outgoing ceo Simon Doughty.

Coles, a strong proponent of digitsalisation in shipping, was ceo of Transas which was acquired by Wartsila earlier this year, previously headed up Inmarsat's maritime business, and brings with him experience across shipping services and maritime law.

He will takeover as ceo at Hong Kong-headquartered Wallem from Simon Doughty who decided to step down from the role earlier this year.

Read more: Wallem ceo Simon Doughty standing down

On taking up the new role Coles said: “The opportunity to lead and help grow a prestigious and diversified company like Wallem was something I could not pass up. With the increased industry focus on efficiency, safety and the environment, providing quality shipping services, crews and technical support is going to be critical.

“Wallem understands the needs and expectations of owners and clients and is well placed to be a leader in the future of maritime operations support.”

Wallem chairman Nigel Hill thanked Doughty for his service to the company. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to express our gratitude to Simon for his years of service to Wallem and for his excellent leadership of the group over the past seven years. He leaves with our very best wishes for the future.”

On the appointment of Coles to the role of ceo he said: “We are delighted that Frank has agreed to join us. The shipping services sector is grappling with a wide range of challenges and opportunities at present. We are confident that we have found the right person to ensure that Wallem stays in the forefront of delivering first class maritime solutions to its customers, as it has done throughout its long history.”

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