UK vessel inspection and data technology firm Idwal has hired a new chief commercial officer by hiring a former shipbroker ship management executive.

George Haysom, who was commercial director at ship manager Anglo-Eastern, will join the Cardiff-based company to lead sales, and customer and business development.

“George has a track record of winning clients, negotiating business, building lasting customer relationships and delivering significant new business wins against clear strategic goals,” said Idwal chief executive Nick Owens.

“He will bring extensive breadth and depth of knowledge, and his attention to detail and commercial knowledge is highly impressive.”

In his former job, Haysom brought new clients to Anglo-Eastern from across a broad spectrum of shipowners, Idwal said.

Before that, Haysom spent eight years as a broker at Braemar before joining Gulf Marine Services, a lift-boat company.

Foreship hires Brendan Harris

Brendan Harris has joined Foreship as director of project management services as part of a US drive by the Finnish naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy.

Harris previously worked at Canada’s BC Ferries, where he was in charge of a fleet overhaul.

At Foreship, he will join the Seattle offices and take responsibility to push regional growth in the firm’s ship refurbishment project management business.

His focus will be on the cruise market, where Foreship said demand is fast returning, and on ferries.

“This is a significant appointment by Foreship LLC of a leader in the field,” said Benjamin Sward, Foreship’s US president.

“Brendan is one of only a handful of professionals whose experience as a project manager includes leading a $100m-plus cruise refurbishment.”

Harris previously worked at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, where he was involved in $300m in refurbishment projects.

ZF Marine taps George Lewis

Technology firm ZF Marine has hired George Lewis to head its commercial fast craft product line in North and Central America, and the Caribbean.

He has joined the company at its headquarters in Miramar, Florida.

The naval architect will report to Wolfgang Schmid, who runs the company’s industrial division for North America.

“ZF Marine welcomes George aboard and looks forward to the positive impact he will have upon the company’s sales across the Americas and Caribbean,” Schmid said.

Lewis previously worked at Humphree AB, Southeast USA and Sea Ray Boats.