Svein Steimler has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of NYK Group Europe Ltd, effective April 1, 2017, succeeding Takuji Nakai. He is the first non-Japanese to hold such positions in NYK’s 131 year history.
Steimler will also be appointed board member of the International Chamber of Shipping, representing the Japanese Shipowners’ Association.
Having joined NYK in 1998, to assist in ensuring the group’s growth in the car and bulk trades in Europe, Steimler was appointed Corporate Officer of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) in 2013.
With some 40 years’ experience, Steimler is a well-known and respected figure within the industry, receiving a doctorate in Maritime Operations from Solent University, Southampton in 2012.
Steimler will be succeeded by Hideki Suzuki, as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NYK Group Europe Ltd.