Board of DirectorsPaul Leand, Jr
Paul M. Leand Jr. has served as our Chairman since November 2014. Mr. Leand also serves as Chief Executive Officer of AMA Capital Partners, a New York City-based transportation & energy merchant bank and advisory firm; he joined AMA from First National Bank of Maryland in 1998 and was appointed to CEO in 2004. Mr. Leand has led the development of AMA's restructuring practice, helping the firm earn its position as the pre-eminent maritime restructuring advisor to both creditors and borrowers. He has been involved in the restructuring of numerous high yield issues including: Golden Ocean, ACL, Global Ocean, Pegasus and Enterprises, and Horizon Lines. Within the offshore segment, Mr. Leand has led AMA's efforts in the restructurings of, amongst others, PetroMENA ASA, Sevan Marine ASA, Remedial Offshore, and Equinox Offshore. Mr. Leand has also been involved in numerous M&A transactions, including Golden Ocean, SFL, and TECO Transport and has also spearheaded the firm's private equity investments in Chembulk, PLM, and Lloyds Fonds. Mr. Leand serves as a Director of Frontline 2012 (Oslo Stock Exchange), Golar LNG Partners LP (Nasdaq), Lloyd Fonds AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange), North Atlantic Drilling (Oslo Stock Exchange), SeaDrill Ltd. (NYSE), and Ship Finance International Ltd. (NYSE). Mr. Leand holds a BS/BA from Boston University's School of Management.
As President and CEO of Day & Partners, LLC., Randee E. Day has an extensive background as an owner/operator of public companies, a senior lending officer, and as an advisor on $1 billion plus M&A and restructuring transactions. Prior to founding Day & Partners, LLC. in 2011, Ms. Day served as interim CEO of DHT, Maritime, Inc., an NYSE listed owner/operator of 12 crude oil tankers. Previously, Ms. Day was Managing Director at the Seabury Group, a transportation advisory firm. She was the Division Head of JP Morgan’s shipping group in New York and served as the senior lending officer for all of the bank’s shipping clients in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. She served as a director of TBS International Ltd., as a director for Ocean Rig ASA, Oslo, Norway, an operator of Ultra deep-water oil rigs, and on the Board of DHT Maritime Inc. from 2005-2013. In 2014, Ms. Day was appointed as an Independent Director alongside Angelo Gordon and Oaktree on the board of Excel Maritime.
Justin A. Knowles graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1990 with a MA Hons degree in Accounting and Economics before joining Ernst & Young where he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. In 1994 he left Ernst & Young to join Bank of Scotland, initially working in various Head Office roles, before joining the Bank’s Shipping Finance team in 1999. Justin spent 13 years working in senior roles within the shipping team, in both loan origination and debt restructure/work-out units, working with a wide variety of public and private shipping companies. In 2012, Justin left banking to establish Dean Marine Advisers Ltd, a UK based shipping finance consultancy that works with banks, financial institutions and ship owners providing strategic advice on shipping projects and investments.
Bart Veldhuizen has been working in the shipping industry since 1994 on both the banking and non-banking sides. He started his career with Van Ommeren Shipping, a Dutch public shipping and storage company after which he joined DVB bank as a shipping banker working in both Rotterdam and Piraeus. In 2000, he joined Smit International, a publicly listed Maritime service provider active in Salvage, Marine Contracting, and Harbour Towage. After working for Smit in both Greece and Singapore, Mr. Veldhuizen returned to the Netherlands in August 2003 to work with NIBC Bank, a Dutch based merchant bank. From August 2007 until October 2011, he was the Managing Director & Head of Shipping of Lloyds Banking a Group. In this capacity, Mr. Veldhuizen managed the combined Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland’s US$16 billion shipping loan and lease portfolio. From 2011 to 2015, through his private company Swaen Marine, he advised various hedge funds and PE firms on a variety of shipping investments in both the credit and hard asset spaces. Currently, Mr. Veldhuizen is on the Board of Managing Directors of DVB Bank SE where he is responsible for the bank's Shipping & Offshore franchises. Mr. Veldhuizen holds a degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Mr. Veldhuizen is a former director of Seadrill Partners LLC and Golar LNG Partners LP as well as a board member of A.R. Investments PTE Ltd, a joint venture between Apollo and the Rickmers Group.
Gary Weston is the Chairman of C Transport Maritime S.A.M (CTM). Prior to this, from 2004 until 2011, he was CTM’s CEO and at the same time, Director of various affiliated companies controlled by the Ceres Group of Companies. CTM are the commercial and technical ship managers for Carras Ltd, CBC Holdings Ltd and Drylog Ltd. as well as the commercial managers for Freight Trading Ltd. (FTL) and Tara Ltd. Mr. Weston is the Chief Executive Officer of CBC and until recently also the Chief Executive Officer of Carras Ltd., a position he step down from at the end of 2014. From 1998 to 2004 Mr. Weston was the Executive Chairman of H. Clarkson & Co Ltd and CEO of Clarksons PLC, the world’s largest shipbroker and the leading provider of integrated shipping services. He started his career at H. Clarkson & Co Ltd in 1979 as a trainee shipbroker. In addition to his current role at CTM, From 2006 to 2011 Mr. Weston was Chairman of the Investors Committee for Global Maritime Investments (GMI), a privately owned freight trading group. Since 2006 he is a Director of the United Kingdom Freight Demurrage and Defence Association Limited (UKDC), a leading provider of legal defence services in the shipping industry. From 1992 to 2004 he was a Director with the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) a professional indemnity insurer of service providers in the transport and offshore industries. Mr. Weston is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (MCILT). He received a BSc in Maritime Studies from the University of Wales, in Cardiff.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Vogel has served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. since September 2015. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Vogel was Chief Executive Officer of Clipper Group Ltd., one of the world’s leading privately-held ship owning and operating groups. He was also a Partner and served as a Director of Clipper Group, Ltd. Mr. Vogel previously held the positions of co-Chief Executive Officer of Clipper Group Ltd. and Chief Executive Officer of Clipper Bulk, a division of Clipper Group Ltd., which he joined in 2000. Before Clipper, Mr. Vogel was President of Van Ommeren Bulk Shipping (USA), Inc. Mr. Vogel graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation as well as a U.S. Coast Guard Unlimited Tonnage 3rd Officers License. Subsequently, he served as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve.Mr. Vogel currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ship Finance International and the Lloyd’s Register North America Advisory Committee. He is also a former Board Member of the American Institute for International Steel.