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Marine Log

January 2, 2008

IMarEST appoints first COO

Marcus Jones

Marcus Jones has joined the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) as its first Chief Operating Officer, working closely with Chief Executive, Keith Read CBE.

Mr. Jones was previously with Lloyd's Register Group where, since 2000, he was responsible for a $100 million global oil and gas business, leading the development and implementation of global strategy and planning and delivery of the business plan. He also directed worldwide business development and the definition of the commercial, technical and marketing policies for the business, as well as technology developments and innovation. In this role he also led the identification and progress of a number of acquisitions in strategic locations around the world.

"With the interests of 15,000 members in over a hundred countries and 49 branches globally to look after, coupled with the challenges and opportunities facing the maritime community, I am delighted that our team has been strengthened by the arrival of Marcus Jones," explains Keith Read. "His input will be invaluable in the exciting times that lie ahead of us, and our members."

"As a Fellow of the Institute, I feel privileged to work with a strong management team to provide excellent services to the marine community in a sustainable manner," says Marcus Jones. "I am particularly interested in promoting education, training and accreditation to improve the safety of life, protection of the environment and the integrity of assets in the increasingly globalised marine communities."

Marcus joined Lloyd's Register in 1990 as a basic grade engineer surveyor - a role that led him in turn to positions as lead surveyor for onshore and offshore activities for oil and gas clients; senior surveyor, principal surveyor and then General Manager of the organisation's Aberdeen interests; and then leader of special projects, senior principal surveyor and general manager of the oil and gas business. Marcus Jones served in the Merchant Navy as a sea going engineer for 16 years, working at all ranks from apprentice to Chief Engineer on most types of deep sea vessels, and as owner's representative on chartered ships. He qualified as an Extra First Class Marine Engineer.

"Marcus brings with him a wealth of highly relevant experience," explains Keith Read. "And, he is still learning. He has been studying part time and has recently completed his thesis on 'Strategic risk management' for a doctorate in business management. This zest for life and learning will benefit the Institute enormously."