Kevin M. Kennedy
Director, Synergy Management Services Ltd.
In 2007, Kevin Kennedy joined The Synergy Group, managers of a fleet of 16 container vessels owned by a group of leading institutional investors. His is responsible for financing the Group's vessel acquisition program and executing its capital markets strategy.
Prior to joining Synergy, Mr. Kennedy served as Chief Financial Officer of Seaspan Corporation, another container shipping company. In August of 2005, Mr. Kennedy assisted Seaspan through its $600 million initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, the largest shipping IPO in US history. Seaspan completed two follow-on equity offerings during Mr. Kennedy's tenure, raising over $300 million in gross proceeds as the company's fleet grew from 23 to 55 vessels.
Prior to joining Seaspan, Mr. Kennedy held a number of positions at GE Capital including Managing Director and head of the marine financing group. He left GE Capital to found Great Circle Capital, a private equity group focused on the maritime sector. Great Circle was awarded the mandate to manage a $180 million US Overseas Private Investment Corporation sponsored private equity fund.
Mr. Kennedy began his banking career as a relationship manager in the Marine Transport Department of the Irving Trust Company handling business development, credit analysis, and portfolio management for global shipping clients.
Early in his career, Mr. Kennedy spent three years with Santa Fe Drilling as a marine stability technician aboard semi-submersible drilling rigs.
Mr. Kennedy received his BS degree in nautical science from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and his MBA, with a concentration in finance, from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Kennedy also served on the board of Seaboard Corporation.