Key leadership appointments strengthen Lloyd’s Register’s Management Systems business, LRQA

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Lloyd’s Register (LR) announces a number of key appointments to strengthen one of LR’s core business streams

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John Rowley, Managing Director, LR Management Systems (LRQA)

We are on a strategic journey towards an even more successful and sustainable future.

John Rowley has been appointed Managing Director LR Management Systems, effective 1st July, having been working closely on the handover with Mike James, his predecessor, since January. Mike is retiring from LR after 22 years' service, during which time the Management Systems business has grown from its early beginnings to being one of the leading certification bodies in the world.

In order to meet the demands of over 50,000 clients that the Management Systems business serves worldwide, including many of the world’s best known brands with operations spanning the globe, John, who will be based in Hong Kong and London, is repositioning the business to diversify the service portfolio and deliver even greater value to clients.

Richard Sadler, LR CEO said, “John has an excellent track record of delivering sustainable profitable growth and his strategic insight and strong leadership make him ideal to lead the next phase of the Management Systems business journey.”

Previously, John had held the position of President Lloyd’s Register Asia Pacific since 2009, responsible for executive oversight of the LR Group’s activities in the region and for providing efficient and effective cross-business services.

John joined Lloyd's Register in 2009 after 14 years with Ecolab - a Fortune 500 global market leader in the industrial chemicals industry. During his time at Ecolab he held key leadership positions in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney, including Division General Manager Greater China, Managing Director South East Asia, Managing Director Australasia and Senior Vice President & Managing Director of the Asia region.

Since joining LRQA, John has put in place a new leadership team to work with him to take the growing and successful Management Systems business up to the next level, including bringing in a new Chief Operating Officer and a new Finance Director.

Paul Graaf has been appointed Management Systems Chief Operating Officer. Paul, who previously was Director, Lloyd’s Register EMEA, will lead a global operations structure through eight Area Operations Managers and a Global Sales Director. The new operating structure will drive superior value to the client (many of whom are served by other members of the Lloyd’s Register group) through LR Management Systems functioning as a market-led and technically-enabled global business.

Steve Allison has been appointed as Management Systems Finance Director. Steve was previously the Finance Director of LR’s Rail Transportation business.

Alongside Paul and Steve sit Duane Wood (Strategy and Marketing), Denis Ives (Service Innovation and Governance) and Rebecca Berry (Human Resources) who all continue with senior roles within LRQA and who along with Paul Graaf, Steve Allison and the Transformation Director (Robert Dows-Miller), form the Management Systems Leadership Team (MSLT), reporting directly to John Rowley.

The MSLT - who will be based in Lloyd’s Register’s London headquarters - will be further strengthened through the appointment of three more new leadership team positions, for which active recruitment is taking place both within LR and externally. These positions are the Global Sales Director, the General Manager Business Advisory Services and the General Manager Supply Chain Assurance Services.

“We are on a strategic journey towards an even more successful and sustainable future,” said John Rowley. ”Being globally organised and led, coupled with expanding our service portfolio, will help to ensure that we achieve global alignment, excellence and consistency, as well as enabling us to stay totally focused on the client and the unique needs of each geographical market.”


Notes to editors

LR Management Systems (LRQA) is a leading independent provider of assessment services including certification, validation, verification and training.

LR Management Systems (LRQA) is a division of Lloyd’s Register, a global engineering, technical and business services organisation wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. Founded in 1760 as a marine classification society, Lloyd’s Register now operates across many industry sectors, with over 9,000 employees in the Group across 78 countries.

Lloyd’s Register has a long-standing reputation for integrity, impartiality and technical excellence. Our compliance, risk and technical consultancy services give clients confidence that their assets and businesses are safe, sustainable and dependable. Through our global technology centres and research network, Lloyd’s Register is at the forefront of understanding the application of new science and technology to future-proof our clients’ businesses.

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