ABS NS Strengthens Management Team
ABS Nautical Systems has added four senior executives to lead the firm’s growth globally and to better serve its customers.
Thomas Blenk has been appointed Vice President of Global Operations for ABS Nautical Systems based in Houston. Blenk, a veteran of ABS with over 12 years of experience in both classification and operations, oversees the account management and consulting teams and is overall responsible for implementation of the NS5 software suite for customers worldwide. Previously, Blenk was Country Manager, United Arab Emirates for ABS, and brings international expertise in directing complex state-of the-art marine projects.
Brad Achorn has been appointed to the ABS Nautical Systems management team as Regional Vice President, working in the Piraeus office. A veteran of ABS for 13 years, Achorn started as a surveyor and has held a number of increasingly senior positions throughout his career, until his most recent as ABS Country Manager for Denmark. In his new role, Achorn is responsible for strategic business development and planning for his region, as well as overseeing the efforts of the account management and consulting teams in Europe.
Darren Unger has been promoted to Director of Global Account Management for ABS Nautical Systems based in Houston. A 28 year veteran of ABS, Unger is responsible for client satisfaction and retention, as well as inside aftermarket sales, development of business plans and servicing key accounts. For the last 11 years, Unger has worked within the Nautical Systems Division as Manager of Consulting Services and, previously, as Senior Product Consultant.
Alvaro Pozo has been promoted to Regional Director for the South America region and is based in Viña del Mar, Chile. As former Regional Sales Manager, Pozo has been with ABS Nautical Systems since 1999 and has almost 20 years of IT experience in the maritime industry. Pozo is responsible for oversight and management of all activities in South America, including consulting, account management, sales and business development in the region.
The additions round out the existing management team, led by President and Chief Operating Officer Karen Hughey.