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”Lloyd’s Register still has some way to go”

The cultural turn around at centuries old Lloyd’s Register, with its faint whiff of British Earl Grey, is far from over. “There’s still some way to go,” says Lloyd’s Register Chairman Thomas Thune Andersen.

When former Maersk executive Thomas Thune Andersen joined 254 year old Lloyd’s Register in 2010, he was joining one of the jewels of British business. An icon in the UK’s maritime tradition and history, which has fostered other London gems such as the Baltic Dry Exchange and the old shipping newspaper Lloyd’s List. Institutions that date back to when shipping was performed on tarred wooden ships, and wind and weather decided when and if a ship would arrive in port.

Perhaps the most important job for 58-year-old Thomas Thune Andersen has been the matter of breaking with the traditions from back when “Britannia ruled the waves” and turning the company into a modern business and organization in tune with the rest of the industry and society at large, and on equal footing with the rest of the world.

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