Rune Bjerke joining Wallenius Wilhelmsen board as part of chairman successor plans

Norwegian owner Wallenius Wilhelmsen has nominated DNB veteran Rune Bjerke for election as vice chairman of the board, and plans for him to take over as chairman in 2021.

Bjerke will take up his position on June 18 while current chairman Håkan Larsson will serve through his term into 2021. Wallenius Wilhelmsen said that it considers that a period of overlap between Larsson and Bjerke will benefit the company and the functioning of its board.

Bjerke is currently chairman of financial services company Vipps.

“The Nomination Committee considers that he is eminently suited to serve as Vice Chairman and later Chairman of the Board of Wallenius Wilhelmsen,” the Norwegian owner stated in a release.

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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