GL’s new structure focuses on clients

The GL Group has announced a number of changes in the management structure of its Maritime Services organisation, effective from today (1 July 2011).

The new operational structure is designed to further enhance Germanischer Lloyd's focus on customer demand and reinforce the service orientation of the classification society. The changes reflect the transformation of the classification services, and GL says they are built around strengthening customer relationships, and providing strong operational management.

The Maritime Services management board now comprises Erik van der Noordaa (CEO), Tjerk de Vries (CTO), Torsten Schramm (COO) and Albrecht Grell.

Dr Tjerk de Vries takes up the position of chief technical officer (CTO), responsible for fleet service, ship newbuilding, maritime systems and components, strategic research and development and process improvement.

Torsten Schramm is globally responsible as chief operating officer for GL's business activities in Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia/Pacific & the Americas as well as for sales and business development.

Albrecht Grell remains in charge of the Maritime Solutions business unit including consultancy, certification, software and training.

Matthias Ritters succeeds Torsten Schramm as head of region Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMA). Ritters has been area manager Middle East/Africa based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His new position covers Germany, Southern, Northern, Western, and Eastern Europe as well as the Middle East/Africa Areas.

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