Global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC Group has appointed Shanaka Fernando as the group’s new regional business development manager (Oil & Gas) for Middle East region, reported Trade Arabia.

Fernando will act as the key liaison point between GAC and new and existing customers in the Middle East’s upstream oil and gas industry, said a company statement.

On the appointment, Group Vice-President for the Middle East, Lars Bergstrom said: “In a challenging environment, GAC has made customer satisfaction, HSSE compliance, and business growth top priorities in serving its oil and gas customers. Fernando’s appointment further strengthens our team dedicated to this important sector, particularly in support of those involved in upstream drilling and subsea EPC operations.”

According to Gulf Digital News, Fernando joined the GAC Group in 1994 then served as business manager in Sri Lanka, Qatar, Thailand and Bahrain covering the contract logistics (3PL), project logistics, break bulk, tankers, and offshore sectors.

His most position was regional key account manager – MEA, in Bahrain, for various oil & gas exploration and survey companies in the region.