The appointment of Nick Brown, previously Director Business Development & Innovation, as Marine Chief Operating Officer reflects the growth in Lloyd’s Register’s Marine Business – both in scale and breadth of services.

Reporting to Marine Director Tom Boardley, Nick will be responsible for LR’s four global operating regions – Asia, Americas, Northern Europe and Southern Europe.

David Barrow becomes Regional Marine Manager (RMM) for a new Northern Europe region while Apostolos Poulovassilis is RMM for Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Iain Wilson and Tim Protheroe remain in their Asia and Americas roles.

Tom Boardley commented: "Nick’s key leadership appointment will enable us to provide continued, and ever improving, delivery of our technical and operational excellence. His appointment is driven by growth in Lloyd’s Register’s Marine activities and Nick is well placed to co-ordinate global operations to ensure successful delivery of the large orderbook of ships being built to LR class. Nick’s leadership will also ensure that LR has the best understanding of the technical and commercial challenges facing the marine industry and continues to innovate services to support our clients in meeting ever increasing safety, environmental and efficiency ambitions. Splitting EMEA into two regions makes sense as it was a huge and diversified area for us and having two regions with two very competent managers gives us more focused management capability and sharpens our focus both on our client relationships and service delivery."

Nick Brown is a 19 year LR veteran. He began his career as a graduate engineer before commencing work as a field surveyor. Since leaving the field he has held increasingly important business development and operational roles in London and Asia. Before returning to the Marine headquarters in Southampton to take up his most recent role as Director, Business Development & Innovation, he was in charge of LR’s Greater China activities and operations.

Nick will retain leadership of the Business Development & Innovation team, including Luis Benito (Marketing), Hector Sewell (Sales) and Gwynne Lewis (Consulting) who will be joined by LR’s ‘other’ Nick Brown, the Global Marine Communications Manager.

Nick Brown (COO): "We move into our new Marine headquarters at the LR Global Technology Centre in Southampton as the commercial pressures and technical challenges continue to mount in our industry. I will be focussed on connecting current and future client needs with service innovation and operational excellence to provide the support that our clients and stakeholders need.Class continues to evolve and we are working hard to provide the right combination of expertise in safety, environmental and efficiency performance of both assets and operations."