New roles strengthen and enhance the Club’s capabilities across the globe
New York, 16th July, 2015 – Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., which manages international P&I insurer the American Club, has recently announced new appointments and promotions at its offices in Greece, the United Kingdom and China:
- Dorothea Ioannou, Managing Director of SCB (Hellas) Inc., assumes the role of Global Business Development Director, the first woman in the American Club’s history to do so
- Joanna Koukouli promoted to Claims Manager for the Club’s Piraeus office
- Marivi Banou appointed as Deputy Claims Manager in Piraeus
- Maria Mavroudi joins the Piraeus office as Business Development and Claims Executive
- Gustavo Gomez promoted to Claims Liaison Manager in London
- Katherine (Kat) Wang joins as Marketing Manager for Greater China and North Asia
The chief focus for Dorothea Ioannou as Global Business Development Director will be to coordinate business development
efforts across all regions of the world, fostering current relationships and generating new initiatives for the American Club and its Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM) fixed premium facility. She is the first woman in the history of the American Club and its Managers to have been appointed to such a high-level executive role. Dorothea is Vice President of WISTA, Hellas, and will maintain her position as Managing Director of the Piraeus office of SCB (Hellas) Inc.from where she will also fulfil her new duties.
Joanna Koukouli, the new Claims manager in Piraeus, obtained her first degree in law from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki before gaining an LLM in maritime law from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Joanna is a member of the New York State Bar, the Law Society of England and Wales and the Piraeus Bar Association.
Marivi Banou, the new Deputy Claims Manager in Piraeus, joined SCB (Hellas) in 2005 having previously worked in both insurance broking and ship management. She holds a degree in shipping and transport from BCA College in Athens, in association with the Metropolitan University of London.
Maria Mavroudi, the new Business Development and Claims Executive in Piraeus, joins the American Club from another major International Group club and related service provider. A graduate of the University of Piraeus and the Cass Business School of the City University in London, Maria is an associate member of the Association of Average Adjusters with broad knowledge of the marine insurance sphere at large.
Gustavo Gomez, the new Claims Liaison Manager in London, is a well-known figure in the London marine community and has
worked in the Managers’ London office for several years. Having qualified as a lawyer in his native Mexico, Gus worked in P&I correspondency before becoming regional director for a local maritime law firm. He holds a Master’s Degree in law from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.
Katherine (Kat) Wang, the new Marketing Manager for Greater China and North Asia, holds a Master’s Degree in International Shipping and Logistics from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prior to joining the Managers’ operations in China, Kat worked for China Shipping, Hong Kong and latterly for the local office of a major Scandinavian P&I club where she gained extensive underwriting experience.
Joe Hughes, Chairman & CEO, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., Managers for the American Club commented:
“Members and the Club’s many other friends will no doubt join the Managers in wishing our colleagues the best of good fortune in their new roles, in which they are committed to the pursuit of exceptional Member service in every element of their growing responsibilities.”
The American Club recently reported solid progress during 2014 at the annual meeting of its members held in New York last month reporting that, despite a challenging economic climate, the Club’s business had developed favourably and 2015 had started on a positive note.
The American Club
American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club) was established in New York in 1917. It is the only mutual Protection and Indemnity Club domiciled in the entire Americas and its headquarters are in New York, USA.
The American Club has been successful in recent years in building on its US heritage to create a truly international insurer with a global reach second-to-none in the industry. Day to day management of the American Club is provided by Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. also headquartered in New York.
The Club is able to provide local service for its members across all time zones, communicating in eleven languages, and has subsidiary offices located in London, Piraeus, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Dalian, plus a worldwide network of correspondents.
The Club is a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs, a collective of thirteen mutuals which together provide Protection and Indemnity insurance for some 90% of all world shipping.
Protection and Indemnity insurance (commonly referred to as “P&I”) provides cover to shipowners and charterers against third-party liabilities encountered in their commercial operations; typical exposures include damage to cargo, pollution, death/injury or illness of passengers or crew or damage to docks and other installations.
Running in parallel with a ship’s hull and machinery cover, traditional P&I cover distinguishes itself from usual forms of marine insurance by being based on the not-for-profit principle of mutuality where Members of the Club are both the insurers and the assureds.