Appointment: Shipowners Claim Bureau appoints new managers

Andrew Dyer

Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc. (SCB), Managers of the American Club, has announced important new appointments in its Piraeus office to consolidate and enhance service to Club Members and EOM Insureds both regionally and across the world.

Andrew Dyer, currently a partner in the Greek office of Hill Dickinson, a leading international law firm, will join SCB’s Piraeus office in early April as corporate Vice President.  He will undertake the role of Regional Claims Director for the American Club’s business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with coterminous responsibility as Global Claims Manager for the Club’s Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM) facility.

A well-known figure within the maritime community, Mr. Dyer brings with him a wealth of professional experience gained from his more than twenty-five years as a solicitor and fourteen years as a partner of his firm.  During his long career, Mr. Dyer has been involved in the broadest range of casualty and contract work, and every type of shipping dispute, both wet and dry.

In another new appointment in Piraeus, Niki Tiga takes on the role of Club Correspondents Manager.  Ms. Tiga has been part of the Club’s management team for some ten years, having started in the London office and having more recently moved to Greece.  Her educational background, together with her experience of both P&I and FD&D claims handling, give her an excellent platform from which to fulfill her new duties.

In welcoming Mr. Dyer, SCB also says farewell to Despina Beveratou who has to date fulfilled Mr. Dyer’s forthcoming responsibilities in regard to EOM in SCB’s London office, as well as Ms. Tiga’s new duties as Correspondents’ Manager.  Ms. Beveratou will be returning from London to Greece at the end of March to pursue new interests, and leaves with the best wishes of her colleagues for every future success.

Mr. Dyer’s connection with the American Club and its Managers is of some longstanding not only personally but also by virtue of Hill Dickinson’s own long history of providing legal services to the maritime community both in Piraeus and in other major shipping centers.

Indeed, in noting Mr. Dyer’s change of career, Jasel Chauhan, head of Hill Dickinson’s Piraeus office, commented:  “During his 25 years with Hill Dickinson, Andrew made an immense contribution and helped to forge some of our strongest relationships in the Greek market.  Andrew will be missed but the role with the American Club is a fantastic opportunity and we wish him all the best.”

In addition, Tony Goldsmith, master mariner and head of Hill Dickinson’s marine business group, said:  “We have always had an excellent relationship with the American Club – both in Greece and internationally.  Having worked alongside Andrew as a colleague and a friend during the whole of his career at Hill Dickinson, his move can only serve to affirm and enhance that relationship.  We very much look forward to working closely with the American Club and Andrew in his new role.”

In summing up these recent developments, Joe Hughes, Chairman & CEO of SCB, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Andrew to our global management team where I am certain his expertise will be of incomparable value to both the American Club and EOM over the years ahead.  The warm words of farewell from Tony and Jasel speak to the legacy he leaves at Hill Dickinson and reinforce our confidence in Andrew’s continuing success in serving the Club and EOM in the future.”

“We also extend our congratulations to Niki on her appointment as Club Correspondents’ Manager.  I am certain that she will discharge her new duties with her characteristic intelligence and vigor.

“Finally, we are very sorry to be saying farewell to Despina.  Wherever her future endeavors may lead her, she departs with the best wishes of her colleagues in appreciation of her exemplary service over many years to the Club and EOM, and of the great energy and good humor she imparted to that service.”

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