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ABS appoints Stroubakis as VP

ABS appoints Stroubakis as VP
ABS has appointed Demetri Stroubakis as Vice President for the Eastern Region of Europe, headquartered at the society?s extensive office in Piraeus, Greece.

ABS has appointed Demetri Stroubakis as Vice President for the Eastern Region of Europe, headquartered at the society"s extensive office in Piraeus, Greece.

ABS has appointed Demetri Stroubakis as Vice President for the Eastern Region of Europe, headquartered at the society"s extensive office in Piraeus, Greece. Stroubakis replaces Dimitri Houliarakis who was recently promoted to Divisional Vice President and Assistant Chief Surveyor for the society"s entire European, Middle East and African operations. The ABS European Eastern Region comprises Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta, the Black Sea countries and the Balkan region including Croatia. Stroubakis moves to Greece from the society"s Corporate Headquarters in Houston where he has been serving as Executive Assistant to ABS President and COO Christopher J. Wiernicki. He had previously served as ABS Country Manager, Romania.

A graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point) and of Texas A&M"s MBA program, Stroubakis has been with ABS for seventeen years, holding a series of increasingly senior surveyor positions.

?This region is home to some of the largest shipowners and shipmanagers in the world,? said Wiernicki in announcing the appointment. ?It is one of the most important of all the regions in which ABS operates. We are steadily increasing our management and operational presence in Piraeus having recently moved our Divisional engineering headquarters to Greece from London.

?With the appointment of Dimitri Houliarakis to lead our survey activities, we are also relocating our Divisional survey headquarters from London to Piraeus. Stroubakis will be joining a highly experienced team in Greece that also includes Divisional Vice President of Engineering Dimitrios Kostaras, Greece Country Manager Vassilios Kroustallis and Divisional head of Safety, Environmental and Security Certification, Captain Steve Blair, that will be able to provide him with a tremendous level of support as he leads our efforts to expand our presence in the region,? Wiernicki added.

European survey headquarters moves from London to Greece

ABS has announced that it is moving its survey department headquarters for Europe and the Middle East from London to Piraeus. ?From an operational standpoint, Greece is more centrally located within the Europe and Middle East Division,? said ABS President and Chief Operating Officer Christopher J. Wiernicki, explaining the decision.

Appointed to the position of Divisional Vice President and Assistant Chief Surveyor responsible for all ABS survey activities from Dublin to Karachi and Capetown to Murmansk is ABS veteran Dimitri Houliarakis who has served for many years as Regional Vice President for Eastern Europe. He joins Dimitri Kostaras, Divisional Vice President of Engineering and Captain Steve Blair, Divisional head of Health, Safety, Quality and the Environment in Piraeus, immeasurably strengthening the ABS presence in this major shipping center.

Houliarakis replaces Manuel Castro in the position with Castro moving from London to Shanghai to take on the responsibilities of Assistant Chief Surveyor, Pacific Northern Region for the class society. ?This region encompasses the three principal shipbuilding nations in the world ? Korea, China and Japan,? Wiernicki noted. ?And China is now established as one of the leading ship repair centers in the world so there is a wide and challenging range of survey issues that must be addressed on a continual basis. Manuel Castro brings tremendous experience to the challenge.?

Castro replaces Kurt Larsen in Shanghai. Larsen is to relocate to Houston where he will join the Corporate Survey and Classification team as Assistant Chief Surveyor, providing direct support to ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Surveyor Lenny Pendexter.

ABS operates globally through a Divisional structure with the Divisional Headquarters for the Americas, the Pacific and Europe being located in Houston, Singapore and London respectively. ?These changes retain our European administrative headquarters in London, which remains the center of so much of the world"s shipping industry,? Wiernicki said. ?But it also places our operational management in the principal European shipowning and ship management center so that we can be more responsive to our client"s needs, whether they are in Greece itself, the Middle East or any of the other major European shipping centers.?

Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life, property and the marine environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities.

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