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Graham Westgarth appointed to lead V.Group

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Graham Westgarth, ceo of V.Group
V.Group has announced on Tuesday the appointment of Graham Westgarth as its ceo, taking over from Ian El-Mokadem who has informed the board of his desire to leave the ship management company.

Westgarth is a veteran of the maritime sector, having worked in the industry for almost 50 years.

During his career, Westgarth has operated across almost all sectors and functions in the industry, with a particular focus on ship management. He has held a range of senior executive roles with companies including GasLog Limited, Teekay Corporation and Maersk UK. He has also occupied a number of industry positions, most notably as chairman of Intertanko, a position he held for five years.

Westgarth commented: “I’m deeply honoured to be given the opportunity to lead V. Group, a company that I have long admired and for which I have had the privilege of serving as a board member for the last six months. My time with the company has shown me that V.Group is well-placed to capture the opportunity that exists within the sector, with its unparalleled understanding of the challenges our customers face.”

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John Pattullo, Chairman of V.Group, said: “I would like to thank Ian for his significant contribution to V.Group. Ian oversaw a substantial investment programme which delivered new state-of-the-art systems in critical areas such as vessel management, as well as the management and mobilisation of seafarers. He has also been instrumental in establishing a Group-wide set of values for our colleagues with safety at the core, which leaves a lasting legacy for our organisation.

“Having gone through a period of significant investment, V.Group’s primary focus is now firmly centred on delivering sustained benefits to its customers. We are delighted to welcome a leader with Graham’s unparalleled experience in marine operations.”

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