OSM appoints new management team as Larsen takes a back seat

OSM Maritime has appointed a new chairman and a new CEO from within, replacing founder and majority shareholder Bjørn Tore Larsen who has decided he will no longer lead the operations of the company.

Larsen will continue as chairman and CEO of OSM’s maritime services holding company Optimum Maritime Holding, and will also remain chairman of OSM Aviation.

Stepping into the role of chairman is current deputy CEO Tommy Olofsen. Olofsen will keep his current responsibilities, which include strategic development and business relations. Additionally, Singapore-based Bjoern Sprotte has been appointed CEO, and will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the group.

Commenting on the changes, Larsen said: “With these changes, we are strengthening our focus on providing excellent services to our customers and partners through best in class operations in ship management and crew management.”

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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