Who’s Who: Maritime Movements for November/December 2022

Who’s Who: Maritime Movements for November/December 2022


Shearwater GeoServices has confirmed the appointment of Kristin Færøvik to the company's board of directors.

Færøvik was the Managing Director of Lundin Energy Norway. She is currently the chair of the board at Moreld, as well as a board member at Sval Energi and Bunker Holding. Previously, she held executive positions at Rosenberg WorleyParsons, Marathon Oil, and BP Norway.

Tim Mooney, President of New York-based vessel operator Fire Island Ferries, has been selected to serve as the new head of the Interferry Board of Directors for the next three years.

Mooney has a BS/BA from Nichols College in economics and computer science and started his career in the computer industry. He spent 25 years working with IBM, Wang Laboratories and Parametric Technology Corporation. In 2003, he left the computer industry to join his father to help run Fire Island Ferries.

Mooney has served on the Interferry board since 2013.

Towage provider Svitzer has appointed Kasper Karlsen as its new Global Chief Operating Officer and Deniz Kirdar True as Managing Director of the company's operations in the AMEA region.

<em>Kasper Karlsen</em>
Kasper Karlsen

Karlse has been with Svitzer since 2020, holding the role of regional COO in Europe and standing in as UK Managing Director following the merger of the UK North and South clusters in June 2022. He has held different leadership positions in the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group over the last 15 years.

<em>Deniz Kirdar True</em>
Deniz Kirdar True

True joined Svitzer in 2014 as COO in the Europe region and held the role of Head of Operational Excellence before moving to the Australia region as General Manager for the East Coast in 2020. She has worked in shipping for almost 20 years.

Echandia has appointed long time maritime executive and business developer Göran Fransson as Chief Commercial Officer.

Fransson has previously held the roles as Global Business Manager at Alfa Laval, Commercial Director at maritime systems company Trident BMC (formerly Baltec Marine), and Vice President Sales and Marketing at US Ship Supply Corporation.

Alabama-based boatbuilder Silver Ships has appointed Steven Clarke to the role of CEO. Previously, Clarke held the role of Chief Financial Officer for seven years.

Clarke began his career as a Data Analyst at the USDA in North Carolina before moving to the role of Financial Analyst in the West Coast-based Coast Crane Company, a subsidiary of Essex Rental Corporation. In 2015, Clarke joined the Silver Ships team as co-owner and Chief Financial Officer.

Mark Worsfold has joined Babcock Australasia as Program Director – Strategic Maritime Partnerships this week after 35 years' service with the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), his most recent role as Logistics Commander (Maritime). In his new role with Babcock, he will be responsible for the safe delivery of New Zealand's Maritime Fleet Sustainment Services (MFSS) program.

David Ruff, CEO Babcock Australasia, says Worsfold will continue to serve the Navy by providing the critical services required to enable the New Zealand Defence Force's maritime capability.

Dutch engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has appointed two new Global Directors: Sabine Bink started as Global Director Industry and Buildings effective December 1, 2022 and Jon Robinson will start as Global Director Water and Maritime effective January 5, 2023.

Bink comes from Royal HaskoningDHV's own ranks including a stint as Director Project Management and Consultancy Multinationals. As Global Director Industry and Buildings, she succeeds Marije Hulshof, who earlier this year was appointed to Royal HaskoningDHV's Executive Board.

Robinson joins Royal HaskoningDHV from AECOM where he was Head of Water Sector, Europe. Within water, environment, maritime and power businesses he has held operational, sector and strategy development roles in AECOM and predecessors.

As Global Director Water and Maritime, Robinson succeeds Niels Schallenberg, who earlier this year decided to pursue his career outside Royal HaskoningDHV.

Carnival Corporation has confirmed that Sara Mathew, retired Chair, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Dun and Bradstreet Corporation, has been appointed to Carnival Corporation's Boards of Directors.

During her over 12-year tenure with Dun and Bradstreet, she served as Chair and CEO from 2010 to 2013, following prior roles as President and Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Dun and Bradstreet, Mathew held various roles over her 18 years at The Proctor and Gamble Company, within finance, accounting, brand management and investor relations.

At Carnival Corporation, Mathew will serve in a non-executive capacity as a board member and will also serve on the Audit Committees.

Global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC Group has announced the appointment of Pontus Fredriksson as its new Group President effective from January 2023. Bengt Ekstrand, who has held the position for the past 10 years, will take on the role of Executive Co-Chairman alongside GAC's long-standing Executive Chairman Björn Engblom.

Fredriksson joined GAC in 2007 and has been Group Vice President of GAC's Americas region since August 2019. He previously held various finance and managerial roles in the Middle East, including Managing Director of GAC Bahrain.

Bollinger Shipyards has made a number of leadership announcements following the recent acquisition of Bollinger Mississippi Shipbuilding (BMS) and Bollinger Mississippi Repair (BMR), formerly VT Halter Marine. The announcements reflect leadership changes at BMS and BMR, as well as Bollinger Lockport New Construction and Bollinger Marine Fabricators in order to best align titles and functions across all 14 Bollinger facilities.

Chris Remont has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager of Bollinger Mississippi Shipbuilding (BMS). In this role, he will oversee the facility's ongoing and future programs and is responsible for execution and delivery. Remont was previously EVP for New Construction Programs at Bollinger.

Bob Merchant has been named Vice President of Operational Strategy and Integration. He will be responsible for the strategic overview of companywide functional business units. He previously served as President and CEO of VT Halter Marine.

Merchant spent most of his career at Ingalls Shipbuilding.

While Tim Martinez will remain the Executive Vice President of Repair for Bollinger, he will now oversee Bollinger Mississippi Repair (BMR).

Geoffrey Green has been named Executive Vice President of Government and External Affairs, where he will oversee all state and federal government relations, community relations, communications and marketing activities. Geoffrey previously served as Vice President for Government Affairs for Bollinger.

Mark Matta has been named Director of Program Management for Bollinger Lockport New Construction and Bollinger Marine Fabricators. He will be responsible for program execution of the US Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter (FRC), US Navy Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vessel (MCM USV) program, as well as multiple projects in support of the US Navy Columbia-class Submarine program.

Jeffrey Gehrmann has meanwhile been named the General Manager of Bollinger Mississippi Repair.

Dr. Gunnar Stiesch will take over MAN Energy Solutions' Technology department, which was previously headed by CEO Dr. Uwe Lauber in a dual role, and will join the board as the new Chief Technology Officer effective January 1, 2023.

Stiesch was previously Head of Engine Development at MAN and has worked for the company in R&D functions for almost 15 years. He holds a doctorate and habilitation from Leibniz Universität Hannover and began his professional career in 2003 as a development engineer at MTU Friedrichshafen. In 2008, he took over as head of the development department in the four-stroke engine and exhaust aftertreatment division at the former MAN Diesel and Turbo before becoming overall head of the company's engine development at the Augsburg and Copenhagen sites in 2017. He also holds a professorship at Leibniz University in Hanover.

Havfram Subsea has appointed Gregor Scott as Managing Director for the company's UK operation.

Over the last 10 years, Scott has held commercial and leadership roles within the Havfram organisation. As Managing Director (UK), he will assume responsibility for delivering the Havfram Subsea strategy in the UK as the organisation transitions into an independent company following the sale of its offshore wind business last month.

Scott has more than 20 years' experience in the international oil and gas and offshore renewables industries working in a variety of roles from Naval Architect through to Commercial Management. He joined Havfram in 2012, where until his recent promotion, he was Business Acquisition Director, focusing on the SURF and Renewables Business lines.

Scott holds a BEng (Hons) in Naval Architecture from the University of Strathclyde.

Canadian unmanned systems specialist Kraken Robotics has confirmed that Bernard Mills recently join the company's Board of Directors.

Mills is an internationally experienced executive specialising in defense and critical infrastructure sectors. Previously, he held the role of President at Ultra Sonar Systems, leading an international business unit of over 850 staff delivering underwater sensing technologies to some of the world's navies. Earlier in his career, he worked for underwater systems company Thales, with roles in both France and Australia.

Mills also sits on the board of Canadian defence industry association CADSI.

Silversea Cruises President and CEO Roberto Martinoli will assume the role of senior advisor to Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO Jason Liberty, effective January 1, 2023. Barbara Muckermann, currently Chief Commercial Officer, will become Silversea's next president and CEO, and will join Royal Caribbean Group's Executive Committee.

Under Martinoli's leadership since 2016, Silversea's fleet has grown to include 11 ships. In summer 2023, it will welcome Silver Nova, the first hybrid luxury cruise ship utilising fuel cells. Martinoli also led the acquisition in 2022 of Silver Endeavour to help enable the company to access both polar regions.

Muckermann brings more than 25 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry. She first joined Silversea Cruises in 2001, and held several roles at other luxury and cruise brands from 2005 to 2016 before returning. In her current post as Silversea's Chief Commercial Officer, she oversees all aspects of sales, marketing, revenue management and guest relations, as well as strategic communications and brand and product strategy. Muckermann is a Doctor in Political Sciences and Economics, and holds a joint MBA from London Business School and Columbia University.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has confirmed the appointment of Andrea DeMarco to the position of President, effective January 1, 2023.

Having been Regent's Chief Sales and Marketing Officer since September 2021, DeMarco will expand her reporting line to now include revenue management, passenger services, and the company's international sales operations. She succeeds Jason Montague as President. Montague will then serve as special advisor to the company.

DeMarco has 20 years of diverse cruise industry experience across multiple areas of the business. She has served as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Regent Seven Seas Cruises since September 2021. Prior to this role, she held various positions of increasing responsibility since joining Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in 2012, including as Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Corporate Communications and Environmental, Social and Governance for the Company from January 2020 until August 2021. Prior to her time at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, she worked in revenue management, corporate financial planning and charter sales at the Royal Caribbean Group.

DeMarco earned an MBA in Finance from Florida International University and a BS in Finance from Florida State University.

Oceania Cruises has confirmed the appointment of Frank A. Del Rio, current Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, as President of Oceania Cruises effective January 1, 2023. Howard Sherman, current President and CEO, will remain with the cruise line's parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings as a special advisor.

Del Rio started his career in the cruise industry in 2003 as one of the first employees at Oceania Cruises. In his current role as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer he leads all sales and marketing activities across the globe with teams based in the brand's offices in Miami, Southampton, Sydney, and Sao Paulo.

Del Rio rejoined the company in early 2022, marking a continuation of his 14-year tenure, which ran from 2003 through 2017. During his time at Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and ultimately at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, he rose to the rank of Senior Vice President and led all aspects of Port and Destination Services along with Onboard Revenue.

Prior to his return to the company, Del Rio was involved in the private equity, finance, and tech spaces, where he was involved across a wide spectrum of products and industries, including AI, telecommunications and 5G network solutions, medical, and real estate development.

Helena Lennerstedt has been appointed as the new CEO of Humphree.

Lennerstedt has a background in several positions in different companies in Sweden. The last seven years saw her serve as Vice President Purchasing at Volvo Penta. She has a Master's in engineering from Linköping University and has studied International Business.

Lennerstedt succeeds Hannes Norrgren, who has taken up the role of Senior Vice President for Business Unit Industrial at Volvo Penta. She will take up the new position in January 2023.


Teekay Corporation has confirmed the appointment of Brody Speers, Vice President Finance and Treasurer, as the company's new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective January 1, 2023.

Speers will take over his new roles following the retirement of current EVP and CFO Vince Lok, who had worked with Teekay for nearly 30 years. Lok will continuing to oversee Teekay's Finance, Accounting and Tax teams. He has laso agreed to stay on as an advisor through the end of 2023 to help ensure a smooth transition.

Speers joined Teekay in 2008 and has served in several senior financial positions in Teekay's Finance, Accounting and Strategic Development departments, working alongside Lok for most of the past 14 years. This includes serving as Chief Financial Officer for Teekay LNG Partners (now Seapeak) in 2017 and 2018, and more recently as Teekay's Vice President, Finance and Treasurer overseeing the Finance, Accounting and Tax teams for the company.

Prior to joining Teekay, Speers worked as a Chartered Professional Accountant for an accounting firm in Vancouver, Canada. He is also a Chartered Business Valuator.

Global integrated logistics and materials management specialist ASCO has appointed Ross Irvine as general manager of its ship management agency Seletar and its AFM freight management service line.

Irvine stepped into his new role following the promotion of his predecessor Mike Pettigrew, who was recently appointed managing director for ASCO UK.

Since joining ASCO in 2012 as a Ships Agent, Irvine has held a number of roles within the company, including various management positions. Most recently, he was a service delivery manager at Seletar.

Beyond his role at ASCO, Irvine currently serves as a tutor at the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. He has also completed the Institute's Foundation and Advanced diplomas with distinctions in Offshore Support and Shipping Business and their Professional Qualifying Examinations.

Australia's Mid West Ports Authority (MWPA) as welcomed Courtney Ackland and Tony Corbett as its new Chief Operating Officer and Trade and Commercial Manager, respectively.

Ackland is a local Geraldton resident having worked at Iluka Resources (Mid West) for the last eight years, six as their Operations and Registered Manager. He has a strong working knowledge of the shipping and logistics industries with accountability for Iluka's Mid West shipping, road haulage, and product storage requirements.

Ackland will commence working in his new role in 2023. The Chief Operating Officer is a newly formed role at MWPA, combining two previous General Manager roles to bring landside and marine operations, maintenance, assets and engineering all under one position.

Corbett has been the Trade Development Manager at the Port of Newcastle, NSW, for the last five years, and has around 30 years of experience in the ports and logistics sectors. He assumed his new position on December 1, 2022.

The Port of Hamburg has appointed Sameeha Pradeep Sule as its new representative in Mumbai.

Sule has been leading the representative office in India since October 1, 2022. That same month, she took over management of the Hamburg Representation Mumbai (HRM) office, which also represents Port of Hamburg Marketing. Her predecessor Lea Miram is leaving India after four years and returning to Germany.

Soren Skou has retired as CEO of A. P. Møller–Mærsk, handing the role over to Vincent Clerc.

Clerc, currently CEO of the company's Ocean and Logistics business, will succeed as CEO of Maersk effective January 1, 2023.


After 15 years in the Asian business community, Susanne Arfelt Rajamand has agreed to become the new CEO of fishing company Royal Greenland.

Rajamand comes from a position as Managing Director of the dairy company Fonterra's division in Southeast Asia. She has previously with consumer goods company Unilever, where she started as a trainee and rose to Managing Director in Singapore.

Rajamand succeeds Mikael Thinghuus, who resigned in October after 12 years as CEO. She will assume her new role on February 1, 2023.

Rajamand holds an MSc in Business Economics from Copenhagen Business School and has completed an Executive MBA from Tsinghua University in Beijing and INSEAD. For the past 15 years she has been a resident in Singapore.

Niels Hintzen will be the new Chief Science Officer at the Pelagic Freezer-Trawler Association (PFA) effective March 1, 2023. He will succeed Martin Pastoors, who has led the PFA's scientific work for almost nine years.

Hintzen has worked as a fisheries researcher for Wageningen Marine Research (WMR) for 16 years. He holds a Master of Science in biology from Wageningen University.

In his role at WMR, Hintzen's specialisations included statistical analyses to simulate future fisheries management scenarios. He also worked with international groups of scientists in assessing herring stocks in Europe and jack mackerel stock in the South Pacific.

Canadian aquaculture engineering company Poseidon Ocean Systems has appointed Jamie Gaskill as Chief Executive Officer. He has served as a Board Member of Poseidon for the past 18 months and with this transition, will move into an active leadership role within the company.

Gaskill has over 30 years of experience across the entire salmon farming value chain—including smolt production, sea-farming, in-sea closed systems, harvesting and processing. Eighteen of those years were served as a director with a salmon farming company in leadership and management roles including managing director and both freshwater and seawater production director roles.

Poseidon co-founder and current CEO Matt Clarke will transition to the role of Chief Technology Officer, where he will focus on continuing to develop new technologies to improve the aquaculture industry.

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