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Mr. Peter Ashworth
Equity Analyst, Charles Stanley Securities

Peter Ashworth is an Equity Analyst at Charles Stanley Securities. He has specialised in the smaller companies sector for over 25 years. He has focused upon the Industrial Transportation sector, among others researching a range of UK companies. Peter joined Charles Stanley in 2002, having worked previously for Teather & Greenwood, Albert E Sharp, Citicorp Scrimgeour Vickers and SG Warburg. ...more

Mr. Nicolas Bornozis
President, Capital Link

As of 1996, founder, President and CEO of Capital Link, Inc., an international investor relations and financial advisory group. It assists listed companies and capital markets related organizations to develop and maintain access to European and North American investors. Capital Link has offices in New York, London and Athens and is a leader in investor relations for listed shipping companies, U.S. Closed-End Funds and ETFs and international companies accessing the U.S. and European markets...more

Mr. John Dragnis
Commercial Director, Goldenport Holdings

John was appointed as the Commercial Director of the Company on Admission. Prior to that John has been the Commercial Director of Goldenport Shipmanagement Ltd. for three years and has been employed by them for a total of five years. In the last five years he has also been involved in setting up and managing a yachting management and chartering business. He holds a degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Shipping Trade and Finance from City Business School (City University), London...more

Mr. Joep Gorgels
Commercial Director, Goldenport Holdings

Joep Gorgels is Director and the Head of Transportation Europe within the Energy, Commodities and Transportation Group of Fortis Bank Nederland. Prior to that he worked in the Telecom & Media team within the bank and prior to banking he worked as a Chemical Engineer with Fluor (Daniel) on several oil, gas, LNG and chemicals projects for several international oil and gas companies....more

Ms. Fotini Karamanlis
Chief Executive Officer, Hellenic Carriers

Ms. Karamanlis is responsible for strategy, vessel acquisitions, chartering and financing. Ms. Karamanlis has 12 years shipping experience and has been with Mantinia Shipping Company S.A. since 1999. From 1998 to 1999 Ms. Karamanlis worked in the Sale and Purchase Department of Galbraiths Shipbrokers in London and before that she practiced as a shipping lawyer with Norton Rose in London and Greece...more

Mr. George Kassiotis
CEO, Omega Navigation Enterprises, Inc.

George Kassiotis has served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Omega Navigation Enterprises since the companyís inception in February 2005. Prior to joining Omega Navigation, Mr. Kassiotis was the senior executive director of Target Marine S.A., where he led the development of Target's business and oversaw its growth and expansion. In this capacity, Mr. Kassiotis was responsible for vessel sales and purchases, project development, financing and other transactions effected by other shipowning affiliates...more

Mr. 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...more

Mr. James R.V. Kidwell
Finance Director, Braemar Shipping Services

Appointed a Director on 1 August 2002. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1988, and then worked in a number of financial roles for Carlton Communications plc between 1989 and 2001, leaving as Group Financial Controller. He was Finance Director of Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers Limited until June 2002...more

Mr. Nikolai Kolesnikov
Executive Vice President/Chief Strategy and Financial Officer, Sovcomflot

Nikolai Kolesnikov. Joined Sovcomflot (www.scf-group.ru) in June 2005 and is currently Executive Vice -President/Chief Strategy & Financial Officer of the Group. Previously worked for 12 years as an investment banker with Morgan Grenfell/Deutsche Bank in Moscow and JP Morgan and EBRD in London. Started his professional career in shipping with Sovfracht, Moscow-based predecessor company of Sovcomflot in 1985. Graduated from the Moscow Institute of Finance and holds an MBA degree...more

Mr. Nick Langford
Head of UK & International Business Development, Equity Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange

Nick Langford is head of the UK & International business development team within Equity Primary Markets at the London Stock Exchange. The team manages the relationship that UK & International issuers listed and quoted on Main Market and AIM have with the London Stock Exchange and actively liaises with UK & International companies and their advisers who are looking to join the Exchange's markets including Main Market, Specialist Fund Market and AIM...more

Mr. Alistair Mackie
Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Alistair Mackie heads the Corporate Projects and Finance Group at Holman Fenwick Willan. He has been with the firm for 20 years, including 5 years in the firm's Singapore office. Alistair specialises in corporate shipping and transporation transactions as well as port and terminal infrastructure projects...more

Mr. Jeffrey McGee
Director, Simpson Spence & Young Ltd (SSY)

Jeffrey McGee joined Simpson Spence & Young in 2009 as its Director of Tanker Research, after serving for four years as a Director at Drewry Shipping Consultants in London, where he was responsible for its tanker, dry bulk and risk management practices. Prior to that, Jeff was Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at APL Logistics, a unit of Neptune Orient Lines, and led acquisition efforts across Asia and Europe...more

Mr. Andrew Meigh
Managing Director, Clarkson Investment Services

Andrew Meigh is a Managing Director for Clarkson Investment Services. Mr. Meigh has over 15 years of investment banking experience gained at HSBC and Jefferies. Notable transactions have included the first LSE listing of a Greek Shipping Company, Goldenport, first secondary offering in London of Global Oceanic Carriers, the AIM IPO of Globus Maritime and the convertible bond issued by Euronav...more

Mr. Demetris Nenes
Vice President of Business Development, OceanFreight

Demetris Nenes is OceanFreight, Inc.ís Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Nenes began his professional career at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation as a Design Engineer, working in various posts, with the most significant being Head of the Trasmission Design Team for the Navy version of the S92. Mr. Nenes began his shipping career in 2005, joining OMI Corporationís Vetting / Safety & Quality department. During his career at OMI, he moved into the commercial side of the business, in Forward Freight Agreement Trading and the Sales and Purchase Market...more

Mr. Tasos Pantelias
Chief Executive Officer, Hellenic Carriers

Mr. Pantelias began his career at Galbraiths Shipbrokers London in 1993 where he headed the projects desk. In 1999, Mr. Pantelias set up and managed the Singapore based ELKA Trading Asia, a company providing Chartering and Sale & Purchase brokerage services and In November 2007 took up the position of Commercial Manager with Hellenic Ship-management Corp. Mr. Pantelias holds a BSc. in Business Economics from City of London Polytechnic...more

Mr. Johnny Plumbe
Commercial Manager, ACM Shipping

Johnny has been with the Group for 27 years., He has been a specialist in large tanker brokering for 36 years, dealing with the major oil companies such as BP, Shell, Vela, and Traders Vitol, and many owners such as Embiricos, Goulandris, Lemos, Frontline, Pacific Star and NSCSA. In addition to the spot market he is involved in time charters, projects and sale and purchase. Johnny led the floatation of the Group in December 2006...more

Mr. Tasos Pantelias
Chief Executive Officer, Hellenic Carriers

Mr. Pantelias began his career at Galbraiths Shipbrokers London in 1993 where he headed the projects desk. In 1999, Mr. Pantelias set up and managed the Singapore based ELKA Trading Asia, a company providing Chartering and Sale & Purchase brokerage services and In November 2007 took up the position of Commercial Manager with Hellenic Ship-management Corp. Mr. Pantelias holds a BSc. in Business Economics from City of London Polytechnic...more

Mr. Chris Randall
Partner, Norton Rose LLP

Chris Randall is a corporate finance lawyer based in London. He specialises in international equity offerings, public and private company M&A, joint ventures and general public company advice. Chris has recently advised on a number of AIM listings and public company acquisitions. Chris also advises a number of public company clients including easyJet, who he has worked for since their flotation in 2000. He is qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong having previously spent a number of years there working on some very high profile corporate transactions...more

Mr. Amrit Singh
Equity Analyst, Clarkson Investment Services

Amrit Singh is an Equity Analyst for Clarkson Investment Services in London. He covers the U.K., Europe and South Africa listed shipping stocks. He has over 25 years of shipping industry experience gained in various roles. Singh began his career at sea and ascended to become Captain with Barber Ship Management, Norway before stepping ashore. Prior to joining Clarksons, he has held position as General Manager of a shipping agency and has served as Head of Corporate Planning in a shipping company...more

Mr. Nick Sjoberg
Head of Containers, Braemar Shipping Services

Nick Sjoberg joined Braemar Seascope in 2003 and is responsible for Braemar Seascope's Container Team based in London, Singapore and Shanghai. Nick started shipbroking with Howe Robinson Shipbrokers in 1997 after 5 years serving as an officer in the Royal Marines...more

Mr. Michael Valentin
COO, d'Amico International Shipping

Michael Valentin has acted as the chief operating officer and executive vice president of the d'Amico Group's tanker operations since March 2000. He also serves as a director of d'Amico Tankers Limited and various other Group companies. Before joining the d'Amico Group, his earlier career spanned approximately 19 years with Maersk Tankers/ A.P.Moller, and included playing a key role in the development of Maersk's product tankers division...more

Mr. Perry van Echtelt
Executive Director, Fortis Bank Nederland

Perry van Echtelt is Executive Director and the International head of the Transport & Logistics team. Prior to joining MeesPierson in June 2000, he worked for Gilde Investments. He has been involved in numerous M&A transactions, including the sale of Petroplus to Carlyle, the acquisition of Wyko by Eriks Group, the acquisition of the remaining 50% in URS by Smit Internationale, the fairness opinion provided to Arcelor and several acquisitions by Thermphos...more

Mr. Christos Varsos
Chief Financial Officer, Goldenport Holdings

Christos has served as our Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary since 1 November 2005. On 1 November 2007 he stepped down from the Company Secretary role he was also holding. Prior to joining the Company Christos held finance positions on a regional and local level with Coca-Cola HBC, in Greece. He also worked as a Manager and Senior auditor at Arthur Andersen and Deloitte and Touche in Athens, where he gained four years shipping audit experience and Baker Tilly in London...more

Mr. Ian J. Webber
Chief Executive Officer, Global Ship Lease

Ian J. Webber was appointed our Chief Executive Officer in June 2007. From 1979 to 1996, Mr. Webber worked for Pricewaterhouse, the last five years of which he was a partner. From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Webber was the Chief Financial Officer and a director of CP Ships Limited, a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Limited until 2001 and thereafter a public company listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges until its acquisition by TUI A.G. in 2005...more

Mr. Jeff Woyda
Finance Director, Clarksons

Jeff Woyda was appointed a director of the company in November 2006. Having qualified with KPMG, Jeff spent 13 years at GNI where he was Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Gerrard Group plc Executive Committee. Jeff then spent time in the software industry with Membertrack and Immersive Education...more

Mr. Emil Yiannopoulos
Assurance Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Emil Yiannopoulos, Chartered Accountant (ICAEW), is the head of the Corporate Finance and Transactions Advisory team in Greece. He is also Financial Services Industry Leader of the Greek firm, coordinating the provision of both assurance, tax and performance improvement services to the major Greek financial institutions and a member of the firm's senior management team...more

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