John P. Tavlarios has served as our Chief Operating Officer since the closing of 2015 merger on May 7, 2015. He previously served as one of our directors and as our President from December 2008, including prior to and during our Chapter 11 cases until May 7, 2015 and as Chief Executive officer from July 2011 until May 7, 2015. He previously served as a director of GMR Sub Corp. from May 2001 until December 2008. He served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of GMR Sub Corp. from May 2001 until December 2002.
Following our internal reorganization, which took effect in December 2002, through December 2008, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of our tanker operating subsidiary, GMM. From its inception in 1997 to January 2000, Mr. Tavlarios served as Executive Vice President of GMR Sub Corp. or its predecessors.
From 1995 to 1997, he was affiliated with MEM, a ship-owning and investment company, where he served as Director of Marine Operations. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Tavlarios was President and founder of Halcyon Trading Company, a consulting firm specializing in international business development with a particular emphasis on the international oil industry. From 1984 to 1992, he was employed by Mobil Oil Corporation, spending most of his tenure in the Marine Operations and the Marketing and Refining divisions. Prior to 1984, Mr. Tavlarios was involved in his family's shipping business, assisting in marine operations. Mr. Tavlarios is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping, the DNV GL North American Committee, the Skuld board of directors.
Mr. Tavlarios is also a director of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, Inc., a company listed on the NYSE. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Mr. Tavlarios possesses knowledge and experience regarding our history and operations, the shipping and international oil industry.