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VPS announces new appointments for key positions

Andrew Morton has been appointed to the role of Managing Director AMEA while Captain Rahul Choudhuri has been appointed to the newly created role of President Strategic Partnerships.

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Marine fuels testing company VPS on Tuesday (3 October) announced the appointment of Andrew Morton to the role of Managing Director AMEA (Asia, Middle East and Africa).

In this role, Andrew will apply his experience and knowledge to lead the delivery of VPS services to these important and growing regions. He joins VPS having spent the last 17 years working in the oil and gas industry, most recently with TotalEnergies in various positions and countries. 

These included technical, commercial, management, mergers and acquisitions and most recently the New Energies space, including renewable energy, biogas and fuels, hydrogen and LNG. He has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and started his career in research and development in the lubricants industry for Fuchs.

Dr. Malcolm Cooper, VPS CEO, stated “We are delighted to welcome Andrew on board as our MD AMEA. His background and experience will be helpful in supporting our customers in these important Regions, particularly in the rapidly developing decarbonisation space.”

Andrew Morton, said: “I am delighted to join VPS and the team and take over the role of Managing Director - Asia, Middle East and Africa. It is a privilege to join the global market leader and to manage a zone where the maritime industry is growing. I look forward to working with the various companies and associations across the industry to help them with their decarbonisation journey.”

VPS also announced that Captain Rahul Choudhuri has been appointed to the newly created role of President Strategic Partnerships. In this role, Rahul will use his network to enhance and further develop relationships with customers and operators from across the shipping ecosystem to help VPS support their decarbonisation journey.

Dr. Malcolm Cooper, VPS CEO, stated “Captain Rahul is well-known across the Maritime sector and he has been the figurehead for VPS Asia and the Middle East for many years. He has been instrumental in many developments within VPS and across the shipping industry, making significant contributions to developments through a wide range of Committees and organisations.”

“His new role will enable him to focus more on our external relationships, which are of growing importance as we aim to support the shipping sector on it’s decarbonisation journey. We in VPS are very proud of Rahul’s achievements to date and we know there will be more to come.”

Rahul, said: “I am looking forward to this new opportunity. This role will allow me to use my experience and close relationships to strengthen, build and develop the industry partnerships needed to deliver new decarbonisation solutions offered by VPS. My work with industry associations allows a greater professional engagement with stakeholders to take the industry forward in challenging times”.

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Published: 4 October, 2023

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Methanol Institute appoints Alexander Döll as new Chief Operating Officer

Döll will draw on his extensive background experience in the chemical industry and the energy transition, having previously held leadership positions at OCI Global, Dow and Hill & Knowlton.

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Methanol Institute appoints Alexander Döll as new Chief Operating Officer

The Methanol Institute (MI) on Tuesday (28 May) announced the appointment of Alexander Döll as its new Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.

He will take on his global position from MI’s Brussels office, with his onboarding commencing in Washington DC. He replaced Chris Chatterton who announced his departure earlier this month. 

Döll will draw on his extensive background experience in the chemical industry and the energy transition, having previously held leadership positions at OCI Global, Dow and Hill & Knowlton.

Originally from the Netherlands, his broad-based experience in public and government affairs, commercial and sustainability issues spans Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Northeast Asia and the United States.

A proven leader, Döll has played a pivotal role in major initiatives at meetings of COP and the World Economic Forum, demonstrating his ability in addressing global challenges.

He has previously served as Vice Chair of the Methanol Institute’s Policy Committee while at OCI Global.

“Alexander's appointment is timely, given methanol's growing role in the energy transition. As our association expands and diversifies, representing every part of the value chain at various stages, we require a leader who is hands-on, strategic, and innovative. Alexander has the necessary skills and mindset to effectively guide us through these dynamic times,” said Ben Iosefa, Methanex executive and chair of the MI Board of Directors.

“Alexander's expertise will be critical in bridging our regional operations, representing the interests of our members and securing their seats at the table in crucial global policy discussions,” said Gregory Dolan, CEO Methanol Institute.

“Our incredible team is at the forefront of representing our members and the industry across the globe, and I am eager to work closely with them. Tackling the challenge of net zero carbon requires harnessing all the skills and talent at our disposal, boosting our capabilities and supporting global industry in the energy transition,” said Döll.

Related: Chris Chatterton announces his departure from Methanol Institute
Related: Methanol Institute ex-COO Chris Chatterton to join Green Marine

 

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Published: 28 May 2024

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Methanol Institute ex-COO Chris Chatterton to join Green Marine

Chatterton will be part of the firm’s global Management Team, and will be co-heading its business development efforts across all its activities.

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Former Chief Operating Officer of Methanol Institute, Chris Chatterton, will be joining multi-disciplinary methanol consultancy Green Marine Group in Singapore as Managing Director & Partner, the Danish firm announced on Friday (24 March).

Chatterton will be part of the firm’s global Management Team, and will be co-heading its business development efforts across all its activities. 

He will be supported by Green Marine’s teams in Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Geneva, Manila, Singapore and soon in Shanghai Lingang.

“Chris has been working as COO at the Methanol Institute since 2015, and brings a wealth of experience and knowhow across the entire methanol value chain,” the firm said.

In May, Chatterton announced his departure from his role in the Methanol Institute. 

Manifold Times previously reported Lin-gang Special Area Administration signing a cooperation agreement with Green Marine Group, for the development of the world’s first methanol bunker fuel trading platform. 

Green Marine Group will develop a methanol marine fuel trading platform for the Lin-gang Special Area to provide upstream and downstream enterprises in the green shipping industry chain with effective tools to manage forward price risks and promote physical transactions of green methanol.

Related: Chris Chatterton announces his departure from Methanol Institute
Related: Singapore: Industry expert clarifies rising misconception of methanol bunker fuel carbon intensity
Related: China: Green Marine to develop world’s first methanol bunker fuel trading platform in Lin-gang
Related: LR and Green Marine collaborate on training for handling of methanol bunker fuel
Related: IBIA, Green Marine ink deal to provide methanol bunker training, starting in Singapore
Related: Green Marine joins Methanol Institute, provides crew training for methanol dual-fuel vessels
Related: Singapore: TotalEnergies Marine Fuels, Green Marine to study methanol bunkering supply chain

 

Published: 27 May 2024

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Auramarine appoints Tuomas Häkkinen as Director Business Line Projects

Appointment comes at a pivotal time for Auramarine as firm continues to expand offerings and strengthen its position as a provider of future fuel supply systems, including methanol and ammonia.

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Auramarine appoints Tuomas Häkkinen as Director Business Line Projects

Finland-based fuel supply systems provider Auramarine Ltd on Thursday (23 May) announced the appointment of Tuomas Häkkinen as the Director Business Line Projects. 

The strategic addition to the leadership team marks a significant step forward in enhancing the company’s market presence, customer engagement, and sustainability efforts in the maritime sector.

Häkkinen holds a master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Maritime Engineering from Aalto University. With more than 10 years’ of customer-centric experience in services, sales, account management and business development, Häkkinen’s extensive background includes key roles at NAPA, the leading provider of maritime software, services, and data analysis.

This appointment comes at a pivotal time for Auramarine, as the company continues to expand its offerings and strengthen its position as one of the leading providers of future fuel supply systems, including methanol and ammonia. 

With Häkkinen at the helm of the sales and projects team, Auramarine is well-positioned to accelerate its growth, deliver exceptional value to its customers, and achieve its sustainability goals.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tuomas Häkkinen to our team,” says John Bergman, CEO of Auramarine Ltd. 

“His in-depth knowledge of the marine sector and exceptional leadership skills will be invaluable as we continue to innovate and deliver high-quality fuel systems and maritime applications to our customers.”

“Additionally, his commitment to sustainability aligns perfectly with our company’s goals of reducing our environmental footprint and promoting sustainable practices in supporting the maritime industry to meet its decarbonisation targets.”

In his new role, Häkkinen will be responsible for overseeing all sales in the projects business line, developing and implementing sales strategies, and strengthening relationships with key customers in the marine sector. He will also play a critical role in identifying new market opportunities and driving the company’s expansion into new business areas.

“I am excited to join Auramarine and lead the sales team at a time when the business dynamics of the whole marine sector is changing,” said Häkkinen, Director Business Line Projects of Auramarine Ltd. 

“I look forward to working closely with our talented team to build on the company’s strong foundation and drive our mission of delivering cutting-edge, sustainable fuel and auxiliary systems that meet the highest standards of performance and reliability.”

 

Photo credit: Auramarine
Published: 27 May 2024

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