Ms Hanne Sørensen took up office as the Chairman of ITOPF following the Federation’s Board Meeting in St Petersburg on 26th September. Ms Sørensen succeeds Mr Bjorn Moller who has been the Federation’s Chairman since December 2006. During the dinner the evening before, Mr Sergey Frank, CEO of Sovcomflot and host of the event, paid tribute to Mr Moller’s careful stewardship of ITOPF during his tenure.
In her statement to the ITOPF Board of Directors, Ms Sørensen stated that '"ITOPF is well respected as the global leader in response to ship source spills of oil and chemicals. As a Director I have been enormously impressed by the importance of its work and by the expertise of its staff. It is a great honour to be appointed its next Chairman. I look forward to working with the Directors and staff at ITOPF to continue the excellent work that the team of highly qualified individuals perform on behalf of the shipping industry worldwide.'"
Ms Sørensen has extensive experience of shipping, having held various financial and commercial positions within the A.P.Moller – Maersk Group since 1994 in Europe, Asia and the Far East. As CEO of Maersk Tankers she has overall responsibility for around 4,000 seafarers and 450 people ashore and management of a fleet of more than 200 vessels. Ms Sørensen holds a Master of Science in Business Economy from the University of Aahus, Denmark (1993) and currently resides in Denmark. 3rd October 2013