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Bureau Veritas M&O appoints new regional chief executive

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Bureau Veritas (BV) has named Rolf Stiefel as its new Hamburg-based regional chief executive, responsible for Central Europe – Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia.

He will be located in BV’s Hamburg regional office, and his appointment will take effect on the 1st of May. He succeeds Dr. Hans Gaetjens who retires after a two-month hand-over period in July.

Rolf Stiefel is a highly experienced industry specialist who has been leading engine sales for WinGD’s slow-speed diesel and gas engines for 17 years including the market development of the X-DF gas-fuelled engine.

“Rolf is a very welcome addition to our team. He will provide the leadership we need at this challenging time for the industry and in a very important area of activity for BV. He combines the technical expertise and market facing skills that are necessary for this role.

“Dr. Gaetjens has led our activities in the region so capably. I wish him all the very best in his well-earned retirement from Bureau Veritas when he leaves us in July after the hand-over period.”

Herman Spilker, North Europe zone VP Bureau Veritas.

The marine industry will need safe, reliable and feasible technical solutions and services to be ready for the future. By joining the Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore team I hope to be able to help our clients to realize their ambitions. Working for BV provides a broader platform to engage with those future challenges. I am also convinced that my main engine experience will be useful as ship propulsion and fuels will be such a vital aspect of getting the industry safely to 2050.

Rolf Stiefel.
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