With 35 years of industry experience – as a seafarer and in classification, his appointment further strengthens the Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore management team.
Paris-La Défense, France, January 22, 2019: – Bureau Veritas, a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection, and certification services, today announced that it has appointed David Barrow as Vice-President for its Marine & Offshore South Asia Zone. He succeeds Kerem Kiper, who has already taken up the post of Vice-President, Middle-East, Africa and India.
Based in Singapore, David is responsible for leading the development and delivery of new activities and services for Marine & Offshore for the region. Alongside this, David will be at the helm of a number of key accounts and will ensure compliance with both Group and Marine & Offshore Division standards.
With over 35 years of experience in the maritime industry, David brings with him a wealth of leadership knowledge and expertise. Prior to joining the Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore team, David worked for Lloyd’s Register. He has significant experience in technical services, marketing, sales and general management, acquired in roles of increasing seniority through his career.
Commenting on his appointment, Matthieu de Tugny, President, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, said: ‘We are pleased to have David onboard as we continue to strengthen our position globally and, immediately, in the South Asia market. David’s vast experience, insight, and knowledge of the shipping industry will be invaluable in continuing to build on our growth and successes within this region. From near term challenges, such as helping clients ensure effective preparations for the 2020 sulphur cap, through to harnessing the transformative power of digitalisation and smart shipping, David will play a pivotal role in supporting our customers in South Asia as well as contributing to the global leadership of our Marine & Offshore Division.’
David served as a seagoing cadet with Shell International, rising to Chief Officer and achieving his Master Mariner qualification in the process. He holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies and, as well as London and Southampton, has worked in Istanbul, Athens and Hamburg, leading teams of up to 1,200 people.
David said: ’I am delighted to have joined Bureau Veritas. I have had an impressive introduction and handover with my predecessor. I am looking forward to working with the teams both in South Asia and globally to further enhance Bureau Veritas client services and the support we give them in a fast changing and complex world.’