In order to streamline its decision making process and speed up administrative
procedures, ClassNK has consolidated its Board of Directors from eight to five
members, effective 10 March 2014. Following the consolidation, Noboru Ueda
will continue to serve as Chairman and President as well as a Representative
Director of the Society. Current Executive Vice President Yasushi Nakamura
will continue in his present role, but has additionally been named a
Representative Director of the Society. They will be joined by Koichi Fujiwara,
who will continue in his current role as Executive Vice President, as well as Tetsushi Agata and Tetsuya Kinoshita, who have both been promoted from Managing Director to Executive Vice President. Previous Executive Vice
Presidents Toshitomo Matsui, Shosuke Kakubari and Dr. Takuya Yoneya have been appointed as Advisors to the organisation.
Coinciding with the changes in Board of Directors, ClassNK has also appointed two new Operating Officers. They are Toshio Kurashiki, newly appointed Regional Manager of South Asia and Oceania, and Dr. M. Abdul Rahim,
Regional Manager of Europe and Africa. Dr. Rahim is the first non-Japanese member of the Society to be appointed an Operating Officer. These appointments will be effective 1 April 2014.
During the press conference, ClassNK also announced the expansion of its Survey Department into a new Survey Operations Headquarters effective 1 April 2014. As part of this expansion, ClassNK will place two new General Manager positions in Europe and North America respectively to oversee survey operations in those regions.