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LR strengthens marine management team

Shanghai: Roy Thomson, Tim Protheroe and Apostolos Poulovassilis have been appointed to Lloyd's Register's marine management team as part of an overall restructuring of global marine operations for the Lloyd's Register Group.

Thomson has assumed the position of regional marine manager of Lloyd's Register Asia and is responsible for the overall operating performance of the company's marine activities throughout the Asian region. Protheroe will assume the same position in the Americas and Poulovassilis in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

All three managers will help create a fully integrated strategy under the direction of Chris Walters, marine operations director, to ensure consistently high standards of technical excellence and service delivery worldwide.

"Lloyd's Register Asia has seen a remarkable growth in its new-building order book in Korea and China during the past two to three years. But, as we face an industry downturn this year, we must underpin our success by offering additional improvements in services and products that are in line with our total commitment to quality and safety," Thomson says. "Understandably, our shipyard and owner clients in Asia will expect nothing less from Lloyd's Register Asia in these troubled times and I have the opportunity in this broader role to make sure that we meet our clients' expectations."

Thomson joined the Lloyd's Register Group in 1983 and was posted to Okpo, Korea, as ship surveyor two years later. After spending two years in the regional manager's office in London in the early 1990s, he returned to Asia in 1994 as the office manager for Hong Kong.
 
In 1998, Thomson began his first stint as Country Manager for China before three years later being transferred to Korea, where he assumed the same role.

In 2006, he was appointed Area Marine Manager -- Northeast Asia and returned to China for his second term as Country Manager. 

As of June 30, some 90% of the Lloyd's Register Group's global new-building order book had been contracted in China, Korea and Japan.  [22/12/08]
 

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