William J. Sember has been appointed vice president offshore development for ABS. Currently, Sember serves as vice president technology & business development, ABS Europe. He will relocate to ABS Worldwide Headquarters in Houston, Texas and assume the new responsibilities effective January 1, 2002.
During his 26-year career at ABS, Sember has held a succession of senior positions after starting as a field surveyor, including head of the offshore engineering department and vice president of operations for the eastern region of ABS Europe. In addition, he has been involved with external organizations such as Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE), where he was chairman of the Houston
Chapter, and the American Petroleum Institute (API) where he was chairman of the Subcommittee on Floating Systems. He has also held the position of chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies
(IACS) Working Party on Drilling Units.
Sember is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in Marine Engineering. He holds both a US Coast Guard marine engineer's license and a professional engineer's license from the State of