Written by Rune Larsen, Service Marketing Manager | 09 March 2020
Tromsø-based maritime digital platform provider Dualog has appointed a new sales manager with special responsibility for the UK market.
Richard Bjercke, formerly Branch Manager of OW Bunker Switzerland and Co-Head of the Residual Oil Desk at the global commodity trader Gunvor SA, brings solid expertise in the commercial and operational side of shipping to his new role. "I think my background helps us appreciate the concerns of the shipowners better, both when it comes to how IT must support operations as well as understanding the liability issues pertinent to maritime IT in terms of cybersecurity," said Bjercke.
With less than a year before the new IMO 2021 resolution on cyber risk management comes into force, Dualog is determined to have the human resources to support shipping companies as they take on the challenge of ensuring compliance with the new regulations.
Explained Morten Lind-Olsen, CEO of Dualog: "The UK has a long history of being one of the major shipping countries in the world as well as being one of Europe's (and the world's) financial hubs. With Dualog growing at such a fast pace in Northern and Southern Europe, in addition to Asia, we believe the UK is a natural focus for us as IMO 2021 moves closer."
Rune Larsen is Service Marketing Manager in Dualog, with responsibilities for user experience design, visual design and marketing of existing and new services. Educated in business strategy and marketing from the Arctic University of Norway, he has more than 25 years of experience from the creative industry, where he worked as a writer, consultant, designer and creative director in various advertising agencies and design studios. He's been orchestrating brand identity projects, design work and brand building campaigns for a wide range of organisations. He brings a passion for great design to the team, never compromising on the importance of the 'experience' part of UX. When not at the office, he enjoys hiking with his wife or is busy being a football coach for his youngest daughter. His fitness regime involves either running or cross-country skiing. Rune is an avid reader of business-related books, and he loves the occasional bottle of Barolo.