JANUARY 25, 2016 — Classification society ABS has realigned its Americas Division operations to create two new regions – Canada and Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. It says the realignment strengthens localized leadership to help ABS members and clients take advantage of expanding opportunities.
"ABS recognizes that the expansion of the Panama Canal, increased Arctic operations and growth in LNG markets present pivotal opportunities for our members and clients, and we are proactively realigning operations to strengthen our world-class service delivery to support them," says ABS Americas President and COO James Watson. "Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean are areas of tremendous potential. In realigning our resources, ABS is better leveraging our global network and leading technology programs to assist owners and operators in these regions."
Joseph Rousseau will serve as the Regional Vice President for Canada. Based in Ottawa, Mr. Rousseau will be the first ABS executive responsible for leading operations across the entire country, overseeing seven offices within Canada. He also will serve as the main liaison between ABS and Transport Canada, working closely with the ABS Harsh Environment Technology Center at Memorial University to align ongoing research efforts with Canadian industry needs.
During Mr. Rousseau's 18-year career with ABS, he has served as Vice President of ABS Europe and held senior engineering positions across the organization, bringing a strong global background in the marine and offshore industries to his new role.
He is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's and began his career as a Naval Architect for a number of notable Canadian design firms focusing on both commercial and Canadian government vessels.
Homero Guerra will serve as Regional Vice President for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
In this role, he will oversee all company operations in Mexico, Central America, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and the Caribbean Islands. Mr. Guerra will be responsible for better leveraging ABS' global experience to serve the company's expanding member and client base in the region.
Mr. Guerra joined ABS 23 year ago as a Surveyor and has held numerous international leadership assignments in engineering, technology and operations. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration in Technology Management.