Akis Tsirigakis
President and Chief Executive Officer
Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

Akis Tsirigakis is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, of the Nasdaq listed company Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ : SBLK) and its predecessor Star Maritime Acquisition Corp., a Special Purpose Acquisition Company or SPAC since its inception in May 2005. Star Bulk provides international seaborne transportation of dry-bulk cargoes. Mr. Tsirigakis is experienced in ship management, ship ownership, ship-building. He had formerly served on the board of directors of Dryships Inc., a Nasdaq listed company.

From November 2003 until December 2007, he was the Managing Director of Oceanbulk Maritime S.A., a dry cargo shipping company that has operated and managed vessels aggregating as much as 1.6 million deadweight tons of cargo capacity and which is part of the Oceanbulk Group of affiliated companies involved in the service sectors of the shipping industry.

Since November 1998, Mr. Tsirigakis founded and has been the Managing Director of Combine Marine Inc. a company that provides ship management services to third parties.

From 1985 to 1998, Mr. Tsirigakis was Vice-President and Technical Director of Konkar Shipping Agencies S.A. of Athens, managing at the time 16 dry bulk carriers, tanker/combination carriers and multi-purpose vessels.

From 1981 to 1985, Mr. Tsirigakis was Technical Manager of Arkon Shipping Agencies Inc. of New York, an affiliate of the Archirodon Construction Group.

He is a member of the Technical Committee (CASTEC) of Intercargo, the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners, President of the Hellenic Technical Committee of RINA Classification Society and a member of the Technical Committee of Bureau Veritas. Mr. Tsirigakis in 1979 received his Masters degree (BSc 1978). in Naval Architecture from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has three years of seagoing experience.

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