DNV GL, one of the leading superyacht classification bodies, has moved a step forward in its strategy to expand its digital activities with the appointment of a chief digital transformation officer. Klas Bendrik will take on the role from September 1, 2018.

DNV GL is following a path being pursued by a number of classification societies, including Lloyd’s Register which recently made an acquisition in this area.

While the majority of activity in this field relates to commercial shipping, yachts – and particularly superyachts – are an area of growth. The increasing extent of onboard digital technology, and its growing impact on operational issues, is both an area of natural advancement but also growing concern in respect of cyber security.

DNV-GL says that the newly-established digital transformation function will support the whole organisation on its digital transformation journey.

Remi Erikson, CEO of DNV GL, commented: “Digitalisation is central to our strategy. DNV GL invests 5% of its revenue on research, development and innovation, and now more than 60% of this is dedicated to our digital transformation. I am confident that Klas Bendrik will help us to leverage the full potential of operating in an increasingly digital world.”

Bendrik said: “I look forward to taking on this new role supporting DNV GL in its digital transformation, driving digital initiatives across the organisation and working closely with all business areas. Digital transformation is the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, fundamentally changing how you operate and deliver value to customers. It is also a cultural change that requires organizations to continually challenge the status quo.”