John-Kaare Aune has been appointed the new Managing Director, Ship Management for the Wallem Group. He is expected to take up his position with effect from 1 July 2019.
John joins Wallem from the Cayman Registry. Most recently he was Regional Director, Safety and Compliance, overseeing the global commercial services and business development in addition to the Registration section in the Asia-Pacific region. Previously John had also been a Principal Surveyor with the Cayman Registry.
John is a qualified Naval Architect with a degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He spent more than 6 years with the Norwegian Maritime Directorate (NMD). During this time, he represented Norway on several EU expert committees and several different IMO Committees. Until now John also served as the executive secretary to the Cayman Islands Ship-owners Advisory Council (CISAC & CISAC-YC). He has played a key role in the growth of the Cayman Registry as a premier registry and holding its position as white listed with Paris and Tokyo MOU.
Frank Coles, Wallem Group CEO, commented: “We are excited and lucky to have been able to secure the services of John. The expertise and knowledge that John brings to the company will greatly enhance our mission of safety and quality with technology. He brings a wide range of technical, compliance, regulatory and operational experience. John has earned respect and endorsement of the maritime industry players with his constant focus on the customers’ needs.”
John-Kaare Aune said: “The opportunity to join Wallem was something I could not turn down. The history of Wallem is well known, but it was the exciting vision and opportunity to create leadership in our industry was something I wanted to be a part of with a great team. Our mission now is to realise the full potential that exists within the company for the benefit of our customers and to accelerate Wallem’s transformation. I am very proud to be joining such a dynamic team in a period of growth and innovation”.