Dr. Anil Sharma is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of GMS.
Originally from Bhavnagar, India (site of the world's largest number of ship recycling yards in Alang), he earned his Master's (MBA) and Doctorate (DBA) degrees in Business Administration from universities in the USA. Subsequently, Dr. Sharma worked in academia for 10 years.
In 1992, Dr. Sharma launched GMS, primarily to buy old US and Russian Naval vessels for recycling. In May 1996, Dr. Sharma resigned from academia as a tenured Professor and ex-Chairman of the Business Department to focus on the ever-expanding global activities of GMS. Business grew rapidly due to GMS's strong performance, clean dealings, competitive prices and professionalism. For the last several years, GMS has been the world's LARGEST Cash Buyer of ships for recycling. About a third of the world's ships sold for recycling in the last few years have been negotiated by GMS. Some of the world's largest ship owners sell their ships exclusively to GMS.
Through Dr. Sharma's efforts, GMS has contributed extensively to agendas that have created safer and responsible ship recycling processes. Dr. Sharma was invited as a delegate to the IMO's workshop on the proposed convention to Ship Recycling. He has written and spoken extensively on the topic of Ship Recycling at seminars and conferences worldwide. GMS is the world's FIRST ISO 9001:2000 certified Cash Buyer. GMS is also the FIRST Cash Buyer to develop and promote a Green Ship Recycling Program in collaboration with Germanischer Lloyd, Germany.
In 2010, 2011 and 2012 Lloyd's List ranked Dr. Sharma as one of the 100 most influential people in Shipping!