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Wallem Opens First Hub of Expertise in Singapore as it Looks to Establish Strategic Maritime Locations Around the World

9 April 2013
 |  Announcements, Business

Capt. Deepak Honawar Appointed to Lead the New Singapore Strategic Hub

Wallem, the most diversified services organization in the maritime industry, has opened a new office in Singapore that marks the company’s first hub of expertise in the world. Deepak Honawar was appointed Singapore Wallem Managing Director and will head this important new office. He has responsibility for all of Wallem’s associated Group companies in Singapore, including Wallem Shipping Singapore and Wallem Ship Management Singapore. He is also accountable, as Wallem’s representative, for the joint venture with Nanjing Tanker Corporation, NW Shipmanagement.

The new office illustrates Wallem’s strategy to bring its diversified maritime solutions together into single locations to benefit customers where demand is the greatest. Singapore will serve as a hub that provides customers in Singapore and Southeast Asia with access to all of Wallem’s maritime solutions and reflects the company’s integrated ‘Group’ approach to servicing clients in Singapore and the surrounding markets.

“The opening of Wallem’s new Singapore office marks a significant milestone in Wallem’s development as we execute upon our strategy to provide more offerings closer to where customers operate and want to do business,” said Simon Doughty, Wallem’s Group Managing Director. “Deepak Honawar’s leadership and experience make him well-suited to run Wallem’s first hub of expertise outside of Hong Kong and positions us well for future growth.”

In connection with Wallem’s expertise hub approach, the Group is announcing four additional appointments:

Frankie Tan, General Manager, will assume the leadership role of Wallem Shipping Singapore. Frankie has led the Singapore Agency team since October 2012 and will support Ashley Mawby (Managing Director, Wallem Ship Agencies) in helping Wallem Ship Agencies to widen its client base in Singapore and within the Southeast Asia region.

Agnes Yue will assume the role of Singapore Wallem Financial Controller. Agnes, who joined Wallem in 2006, has been a pillar of stability and has now been promoted to the Singapore Wallem Group team.

Jamie Wrightson is promoted to the role of Regional Sales Manager Singapore. Jamie joined the Wallem Shanghai team in 2009 as Commercial Manager for China and has helped to build and widen the company’s relationships with key overseas clients with a China presence. In this new role, he is tasked with driving a Group and solutions-based approach to winning new business. He will work closely with Nigel Moore (General Manager, Business Development) and will sit in the Singapore Wallem Group team.

Praveen Shukla, will now serve as Fleet Manager for Wallem Ship Management Singapore. Praveen joined Wallem in 2007 and in his new role, will lead the operations and development of Wallem Ship Management Singapore fleet.

Each of these key appointments will report directly to Deepak Honawar and will continue to report functionally to the existing Managing Directors and Financial Controllers of Wallem Ship Management and Wallem Ship Agencies in Hong Kong.

“Wallem has had a presence in Singapore for more than 50 years. With our ship agency business, which is very well-established in this market, and our NW Shipmanagement joint venture, we offer a full range of services to existing and potential clients in Singapore and Southeast Asia,” said Deepak Honawar.

Singapore was selected as Wallem’s first expertise hub for its strategic location, which provides access to clients with diverse maritime needs and serves as a cross-road for the north/south and east/west trades in the Asia.