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October 25, 2010

New leadership at Germanischer Lloyd

Erik van der Noordaa (49) has been appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of classification society Germanischer Lloyd SE on December 1, 2010. He will also take over responsibility for Maritime Services from Dr Hermann J. Klein, the member of the Executive Board who currently has that responsibility.

Dr. Klein is resigning his position on December 15, but will act as a consultant to Germanischer Lloyd and will join its Supervisory Board next year.

Puma sportswear billionaire Günter Herz, the majority shareholder of Germanischer Lloyd, and Dr Wolfgang Peiner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, thanked Dr. Klein for accomplishments under his leadership that have including more than doubling the number of ships with GL class and increasing its global market share in containership classification from 34 percent to more than 40 percent.

Mr. van der Noordaa is a graduate in naval architecture and mechanical engineering. He started his career in 1986 at Damen Shipyards Group,with headquarters in Gorinchem, the Netherlands. In 2000, he assumed responsibility for Damen Shipyards, Gorinchem, the largest yard location in the Group and, in 2004, he was named a Member of the Executive Board of the Damen Group. His area of responsibility included, amongst other duties, the management of the yards in the Netherlands, Romania, Poland, China, Vietnam, Singapore and Cuba. He also had the global product stewardship for tugs and fast patrol boats. In his last position, Mr van der Noordaa was Chief Operations OfŪcer of the Damen Shipyards Group.

In future, the Executive Board will consist of Mr. van der Noordaa as the new Chairman, responsible for the Maritime Services, as well as Mr. Pekka Paasivaara, who will continue to be responsible for the lndustrial Services, and Dr. Joachim Segatz, responsible as before for the Corporate Services.


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