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Wallem Group: Aune goes, Rowley comes

Caption: John-Kaare Aune (li.) und sein Nachfolger John Rowley

John-Kaare Aune is leaving the Wallem Group. He will be succeeded as CEO by John Rowley.

The current CEO John-Kaare Aune will leave in January 2024 after a transition period. John-Kaare A une joined Wallem in 2019 as Managing Director, Shipmanagement and was appointed CEO of the Group in January 2021.

“On behalf of the Wallem Board, I would like to thank John for his leadership and dedication over the past three years as CEO. We are grateful for his hard work and dedication in stabilizing Wallem’s business and positioning the company for growth after a difficult period for the maritime industry. We respect John’s decision and bid him farewell with our thanks and best wishes for the future,” said Nigel Hill, Chairman of the Wallem Group.

Wallem: John-Kaare Aune (li.) und sein Nachfolger John Rowley
John-Kaare Aune (left) and his successor John Rowley

Following Aune’s departure, the Executive Board has appointed John Rowley as his successor with effect from January 1, 2024. John Rowley is currently Senior Vice President Global Food and Transportation Divisions at NSF. Prior to that, he was CEO of SAI Global Assurance, having spent eight years on the Lloyd’s Register Group leadership team as CEO of Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) and Group President for Asia Pacific.

Putting Wallem on the path to decarbonization

Commenting on his departure, John-Kaare Aune said: “It was a difficult decision to step down as CEO of the Wallem Group. With business operations returning to normal after the impact of the pandemic, I felt the time was right. Now that my successor is in place, I will explore new opportunities. It has been an honor to be part of the Wallem Group. We have improved the level of service to our customers, driven the digitalization of business services and laid the foundation for Wallem’s path to decarbonization. I would like to thank our shareholders, the Board of Directors, our outstanding customers and all our employees.”

“We are delighted to appoint John Rowley as the next CEO of Wallem Group. He has experience and understanding of the global maritime industry and a successful track record of accelerating revenue growth across a range of industries. The Wallem Board and I look forward to working with him to ensure the success of the next stage of the Wallem journey,” said Nigel Hill on the appointment of John Rowley.

Commenting on his new position, John Rowley said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Wallem Group as CEO of this great company. Wallem is one of the most trusted and respected brands in the maritime industry and I look forward to working with the board, management and staff of Wallem, as well as its many customers and stakeholders, to take the company forward in the next chapter of its incredible journey.”

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