We are delighted to announce our MD Fran Johnson has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Stone Marine Services UK and Africa.
Fran began his career at Stone Marine in 1997 as an apprentice and has significantly contributed to the success of SMS over the years, repairing propellers and moving up to hold the positions of Works Supervisor, Operations Manager, and Operations Director before being appointed as Managing Director of Stone Marine Shipcare in 2019.
Over the past few years, developing & strengthening partnerships has been the cornerstone of growth at Stone Marine Shipcare in both the UK and global markets. Amalgamating the managing director position for both the Services and Shipcare divisions will only allow these partnerships to be developed further.
Bringing 25 years of experience in the Maritime Sector and with the continued success of Stone Marine Shipcare Fran’s appointment offers a unique opportunity for both companies to bring together their expertise and work closely to provide complete service support packages to vessel owners & operators globally.
On his appointment, Fran said…
‘This is a fantastic opportunity to develop both companies and to develop a stronger presence in the Maritime Service Sector. The expertise we can offer and the scope of our work will allow us to rival any major service company. Strengthening of our existing partnerships with manufacturers and operators around the world is ongoing and we hope to announce new partnerships soon.
There have been many difficulties to navigate over the past few years and some of these still exist today however the tremendous hard work and dedication from everyone within the Stone Marine group gives me great confidence that we are on the right track to continue to grow and develop.’
Fran has already hit the ground running with a recent visit to Stone Marine Services Cape Town & Namibia sites. We look forward to developing the Stone Marine companies alongside our existing valued partnerships and we are excited to move forward together over the coming year.