(HONG KONG) — The board of Wallem Group has announced that Chief Executive Officer Frank Coles has resigned and will be leaving the Wallem Group shortly. Coles has been very active in highlighting the plight of seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic and now wishes to become more involved in promoting their welfare, as well as pursuing other opportunities.
During his two and half years at Wallem, Coles has initiated many changes aimed at enhancing customer service, obtaining operational efficiencies and improving safety. On an interim basis and until further notice, John Kaare Aune, managing director of Wallem Ship Management Ltd., will take over as CEO of Wallem Group.
“We would like to thank Frank for his drive and commitment over the past two and a half years,” said Wallem Chairman Nigel Hill. “The events of the past 12 months have brought the daily lives and work of seafarers into sharp focus and we wish him well in his new endeavors on their behalf. The Wallem team will continue the focus on enhancing our products by the use of technology and providing our partners and clients first class service.”
“I am proud of the changes I have brought to Wallem and for the advances we have made,” Coles said. “After all these years in the maritime industry, I would now like to focus on putting something back and on the welfare and rights of seafarers.”
– Wallem Group