Hansa Heavy Lift appoints two MDs to replace outgoing CEO

Germany’s Hansa Heavy Lift has appointed Steve Dawson and Alex Karakassis as managing directors of the company, taking over from outgoing CEO Roger Iliffe with immediate effect.

Hansa said that Iliffe left to focus on independently pursuing other opportunities.

Dawson will oversee the company’s engineering, technical, and operational activities while Karakassis, who remains CFO, will oversee the company’s commercial and financial activities.

Both Dawson and Karakassis have been with Hansa Heavy Lift since its inception in 2011.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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