Dubai: DNV has appointed Antony DSouza as its regional manager for Middle East & Indian Subcontinent

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Antony DSouza, regional manager for Middle East & Indian Subcontinent

DNV, one of the world’s leading classification and certification companies that focuses on managing risk, has recently restructured its organisation to provide a stronger focus on its customers and the market. Mr DSouza will lead the strategic direction for DNV’s efforts in the expanded region Middle East and Indian Subcontinent, ensuring alignment of DNV’s vision of making it the preferred partner for its customers in the new region.

The main emphasis of the new DNV organisation is to further decentralize its operation, bringing senior management closer to its customers and offer wide range of value adding services to the maritime and energy sectors using its competent resources available across the world.

“This is one of the most important regions in which DNV operates,” says Mr DSouza. “I look forward to the challenge of leading DNV’s operations and will seek to strengthen the valuable relationships we have with our existing clients as well as to establish new ones to help our clients meet their current and future challenges.”

According to Mr DSouza the changing market conditions have led to an increasing complex risk environment for both DNV and its customers. “The need to manage technical, societal and business risks is more urgent than ever…at the same time it’s critical that companies maintain a focus on growth while strengthening current business by optimizing their operations without compromising life, property or environment.”

With the strong demand for risk management services in the Mideast’s energy, maritime and industrial sectors, business is going well for DNV. “Our results show continual growth over the past few years, but we will not rest on our laurels. We will continue our focus on customer relations, quality and the ability to provide innovative services to help our customers and position DNV for the future,” adds Mr DSouza.

Mr DSouza will work from DNV’s Regional Office in Dubai, where DNV already has a comprehensive maritime and offshore approval support and service centre and substantial maritime and energy operations, “We will focus on providing value-added services to our customers in the energy and maritime industries in Middle East and Indian Subcontinent using DNV’s competent professionals and network of offices throughout the region.”

Although the Middle East has not escaped the global downturn, Mr DSouza said it is better equipped than many regions to steer the most effective course towards renewed growth.

“Strong opportunities remain in several areas relevant to DNV business, including the energy and shipping sectors and I am confident the Mideast governments have the plans and resources in place to sustain growth,” said Mr DSouza.

Mr DSouza brings with him extensive industry leadership experience and proven track record to build alliances across market segments. After working as a project manager responsible for newbuildings, he has served DNV in different senior management capacities in North America, his latest position being General Manager responsible for offshore classification in North America and maritime operations in the US & Mexican Gulf. Based in Houston, his division was responsible for providing classification, technical, and advisory services related to maritime and offshore applications.

Mr. DSouza is a mechanical engineer by profession and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from United States. Before joining DNV in 1998, he held several senior management positions in private sector and multinational companies in India, Singapore and Australia. Mr DSouza is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, United Kingdom.

As an Australian National, Mr. DSouza has lived or worked in all the continents of the world. He is also a member of the board of the World Affairs Council in Houston, one of Houston's most prestigious citizen forums that presents all sides of current global issues, promotes better understanding of international relations and contributes to national and international policy improvements.

About DNV

Founded in 1864, DNV is an independent foundation with the purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment that provides classification and risk management services, helping customers to safely and responsibly improve their business performance. Through its network of 300 offices in 100 countries, the company serves a range of industries with a special focus on the maritime and energy sectors.