Norwegian P&I Club Gard has appointed Mark Russell as managing director of the Hong Kong office effective 1 August 2018.
Mr Russell will replace the incumbent managing director Trygve Nokleby who will be returning to Gard in Bergen in a senior position.
Based at Gard UK, Mr Russell leaves his current post as vice president, head of cargo claims, which he has held since 2010 with overall responsibility for P&I cargo claims (dry and liquid) across all Gard offices.
Rolf Thore Roppestad, chief executive of Gard, commented: “Our global network provides claims and sales resources to local markets where Members and clients are located and casualties occur. Gard has invested considerable resources over the last decade in building our Asian footprint to serve this important region so we can offer a first class service wherever we are needed. Mark’s deep experience of Gard and his claims expertise are valuable assets for our teams, Members and customers to draw on moving forward.”
With nearly 30 years in shipping, Mark began his career as a merchant navy deck officer in 1989. He went on to obtain a first class honours degree in Maritime Studies from Solent University before joining Gard in August 1996.