ABS Names Former U.S. Navy Officer as Its New SVP and CTO
ABS, the provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, has appointed Howard Fireman to the position of Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in a move that strengthens alignment and generates further synergies across all of ABS’ technical programs.
Fireman, who will report to ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki, assumes this role following former Senior Vice President and CTO Todd Grove’s appointment as ABS Group President and CEO.
Fireman’s appointment further strengthens the ABS commitment to technology and innovation needed to support its members and clients, ABS said in an official press release.
Fireman joined ABS in 2013 following a 35-year career with the US Navy, where he was recognized as a technical leader in ship design, total cost of ownership, systems engineering, design integration, research and development and operational support. He also served as Chief Naval Architect and Director of Surface Ship Design and Systems Engineering.
Fireman holds a BSE and MSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan and has a Master’s degree in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University.
“ABS continues to lead the industry in advancing the application of technology to meet today’s marine and offshore challenges while anticipating those on the horizon,” ABS Chairman and CEO Chris Wiernicki said. “Howard’s strong technical experience will be important to continue our long history of innovation and drive our global research and development agenda.”
This appointment is effective 20 April.