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    Griffin Global Group announces appointment of new Executive Chairman

    Company News // February 2, 2012

    Griffin Global Group, the marine and offshore travel specialist, has appointed Simon Morse as Executive Chairman to take effect from 1st February 2012.

    The role has been created following George Boyes' decision to step down from his full time role as Managing Director, after 32 years with the Company, and the completion of Dick Porter's term as Non-Executive Chairman. Mr Boyes remains a significant shareholder and a Director of the Group.

    Mr Morse was previously a Director of Inchcape plc and was appointed to be the first Group CEO of Inchcape Shipping Services. This was formed to integrate a loose federation of 116 locally managed subsidiaries, each operating under a different brand name, into the world's leading shipping agency employing 3,500 people, in 260 offices, located in 63 countries.

    He led the management buy-out backed by Electra Private Equity before transforming the Group from a traditional liner agency to become world No.1 in marine management, responsible for managing the commercial operations for 60,000 vessel port calls per year on behalf of 2,200 ship owners.

    Following the subsequent sale of the business to Dubai World, he left to establish Optimi in order to develop a menu of international payment and crew concierge services. Under the terms of the agreement, Optimi's marine related contracts and partnerships transfer to Griffin.

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