Shipping accountant Moore Stephens has appointed Gavin Stoddart as a partner in London, with special responsibility for developing the firm's Russian and Ukrainian business. As managing director of Moore Stephens Russia Ltd., Stoddart will focus on expanding the existing network of offices in Moscow, Nakhodka, Sakhalin Island, Vladivostok and Kiev, Ukraine, and expanding the range of services, which include audits and consultancy advice to major clients, particularly on Russian taxation issues. He will be joined by Elena Tikhnenko, a U.S. certified public accountant, who has moved to London from Moore Stephens Dalaudit in Vladivostok. She will work closely with Stoddart, as senior manager of Moore Stephens Russia. In a separate move, Richard Greiner has been appointed Director of Shipping Research and Marketing.. His new role provides further focus for Moore Stephens= shipping expertise. Greiner is to spearhead an expansion of Moore Stephens= shipping industry work into the ports and freight forwarding sectors. Moore Stephens London, founded in 1907, is a member firm of Moore Stephens International Limited, one of the world's leading accounting and consulting networks, with more than 380 offices of member firms in over 70 countries. Moore Stephens London is noted for a number of industry specializations and, in particular, is widely acknowledged as a leading shipping and insurance adviser.