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Press Release: Senior management changes at Simpson Spence Young

London: Tuesday October 24, 2017: Simpson Spence Young, the world’s largest independent shipbroker, has today announced the appointment of Rupert Lawson as Head of Tankers based in London. Rupert replaces James Palmer who is leaving the company to pursue other interests.


Rupert, aged 45, has been a Partner since 2006 having joined Simpson Spence Young in September 1994. Rupert spent 13 years based in the Simpson Spence Young’s Singapore office most recently as Managing Director running the Tanker Department with a specific focus on VLCCs.


Since returning to the UK in 2016, Rupert has worked alongside Dominic Parker in the company’s Sale and Purchase (S&P) Department, working on tanker projects and S&P.


Mark Richardson, Chairman of Simpson Spence Young, said: “Rupert brings a wealth of knowledge, energy and experience to the team and we are looking forward to him leading our Tanker Department to continued success. I would like to thank James Palmer for all his hard work and commitment to the business and wish him all the best for the future.”




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About Simpson Spence Young:  Founded by Ernest Simpson, Lewis Spence and Captain William Young, Simpson Spence Young has remained an independent private partnership for over 130 years and is today one of the world’s largest shipbroking organisations.

The firm is owned and run by 27 working partners based in London, Houston, New York, Shanghai, Singapore, and Sydney offices. Other offices are located in Bergen, Hong Kong, Miami, Mumbai, Oslo, Tokyo, Vancouver and Zug.


Simpson Spence Young has approximately 400 employees covering many segments of the market, including dry cargo chartering, tanker chartering, LNG chartering and projects, ship sale and purchase, consultancy and research, freight futures, agency and towage.