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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

New Managing Director for ITOPF

ITOPF has appointed Dr Karen Purnell to succeed Dr Tosh Moller as Managing Director of ITOPF, effective 5 May 2009.


Dr Purnell joined ITOPF in 1994 and was named Managing Director Designate in November 2008. She is a graduate of the Royal Society of Chemistry, with a PhD in chemical physics. Before joining ITOPF as a technical adviser in 1994, she worked on toxic waste management and environmental remediation in the nuclear industry and as a research chemist at several universities. Prominent amongst her achievements is the expansion of ITOPF's capability to respond to spills of HNS (Hazardous & Noxious Substances) and oversight of an internal programme of HNS emergency response planning, training and exercises.


ITOPF's Chairman, Bjorn Moller, Chief Executive Officer of Teekay Corporation, paid tribute to Dr Moller, a marine biologist, who joined ITOPF in 1979 and worked there until he retired this year. "During his long and accomplished career at ITOPF, Dr Moller has made a major contribution to building, maintaining and promoting the Federation's reputation for consistent and sound technical advice on ship-source pollution and related matters. We are grateful to him for his many years of dedicated service to the Federation and to the marine industry".


To view the ITOPF press release click here.


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