Edward Ion

Edward Ion

Asia Director, Navigate Response

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Edward is the managing partner of Navigate Response Asia. As a communications advisor in the shipping sector, he has led crisis response for a large number of international clients ranging from major shipping casualties to international incidents involving reputational issues for owners and managers.

Prior to founding Navigate Response Asia, Edward was based first in London and then in both Singapore and Hong Kong with regional Asia-Pacific responsibility for Lloyd’s List and its associated periodicals working first as a reporter and then as the regional publisher.

He held various positions on Lloyd’s List including News Editor, Energy Correspondent, Insurance Editor and Editorial Director in charge of the paper’s editorial output from the Asia region. He was responsible for launching Lloyd’s List’s regular business coverage of shipping lines and ports from the Asia Pacific region when he was tasked with opening the Lloyd’s List office in Singapore in 1994. As a senior group Editor, he also launched Maritime Asia Today, Asia’s first ever on-line subscription based daily maritime news bulletin.

During 20 years as a reporter he wrote about just about every major shipping casualty around the world ranging from the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster, the Exxon Valdez, Piper Alpha, the Erika and many others.

In his work as a crisis manager and corporate communications consultant for the maritime sector, he currently handles a wide variety of shipping and maritime public relations accounts ranging from ship managers, owners, marine insurers and Maritime Event Organizers. Via his work with various insurance industry clients, he has advised on the role of the media in crisis situations from a risk management perspective. He is a regular speaker at various maritime transport and risk management conferences on the subject of media handling and crisis management.

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