Rolf Stiefel appointed to lead Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore in key regional role based in Hamburg
Paris La Défense, 28 April 2020 – Bureau Veritas (BV), a world leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services has appointed Rolf Stiefel as its new Regional Chief Executive based in Hamburg, responsible for Central Europe – Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia. He will be based in the BV regional office in Hamburg and his appointment is effective May 1st. He succeeds Dr. Hans Gaetjens who is retiring in July following a two month hand-over period.
Rolf Stiefel is a highly experienced industry professional who for 17 years has been leading engine sales for WinGD’s slow speed diesel and gas engines including developing the market for WinGD’s X-DF gas fueled engine. Well known, he has been at the forefront of the technical and environmental issues facing the marine industry. He is exceptionally well placed to lead Bureau Veritas in the Hamburg based regional role.
Herman Spilker, North Europe Zone Vice President, Bureau Veritas, commenting, said, ‘Rolf is a very welcome addition to our team. He will provide the leadership we need at this challenging time for the industry and in a very important area of activity for BV. He combines the technical expertise and market facing skills that are necessary for this role.’
‘Dr. Gaetjens has led our activities in the region so capably. I wish him all the very best in his well-earned retirement from Bureau Veritas when he leaves us in July after the hand-over period.’
Rolf Stiefel: ‘The marine industry will need safe, reliable and feasible technical solutions and services to be ready for the future. By joining the Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore team I hope to be able to help our clients to realize their ambitions. Working for BV provides a broader platform to engage with those future challenges. I am also convinced that my main engine experience will be useful as ship propulsion and fuels will be such a vital aspect of getting the industry safely to 2050.’