Leadership team

John Fredriksen

John Fredriksen has served as Chairman of the Board, President and a director of the Company since its inception in May 2005. Mr. Fredriksen has established trusts for the benefit of his immediate family which control Hemen Holding Ltd. ("Hemen"), our largest shareholder. Mr Fredriksen is Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of a related party, Frontline Ltd. ("Frontline"), a Bermuda company listed on the NYSE, the Oslo Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. He is also a director of a related party, Golden Ocean Group Limited ("Golden Ocean"), a Bermuda company listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and the Singapore Stock Exchange, whose principal shareholder is Hemen.

Kate Blankenship

Kate Blankenship has served as a director of Seadrill since its inception in May 2005. Mrs. Blankenship has also served as a director of Frontline since 2003. Mrs. Blankenship joined Frontline in 1994 and served as its Chief Accounting Officer and Secretary until October 2005. Mrs. Blankenship has been a director of Ship Finance since October 2003. Mrs. Blankenship has been a director of North Atlantic Drilling Limited since February 2011, Independent Tankers Corporation Limited since February 2008, and Golden Ocean Group Limited since November 2004 and Archer Limited since its incorporation in 2007. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Ørjan Svanevik

Mr. Ørjan Svanevik has served as a director of the Company since October 2014. Mr. Svanevik is an employee of the Seatankers Group. He was previously Managing Director for the investment advisory firm, Oavik Capital. Prior to Oavik, he was Head of M&A and a Partner at Aker ASA, and COO and EVP of Kværner ASA. Mr Svanevik also worked for nearly a decade in corporate advisory and investment banking. He started his career at Schlumberger, where he held various international financial management positions. Mr Svanevik has an AMP from Harvard Business School and a MBA from Thunderbird.

Paul M Leand

Paul M Leand, Jr. has served as our Director since April 2013.  Mr Leand is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of AMA Capital Partners LLC, or AMA, an investment bank specializing in the maritime industry.  From 1989 to 1998 Mr Leand served at the First National Bank of Maryland where he managed the Bank's Railroad Division and its International Marine Division.  He has worked extensively in the U.S. capital markets in connection with AMA's restructuring and mergers and acquisitions practices.

Mr Leand serves as a Director of North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. He also serves as a Director of Golar LNG Partners LP and Ship Finance International Limited and as a member of American Marine Credit LLC's Committee and has served as a member of the Investment Committee of AMA Shipping Fund I, a private equity fund formed and managed by AMA.

Per Wullf

Per. Wullf was appointed Director of the Company in February 2016. Mr Wullf is also CEO and President of Seadrill, a position he has held since July 2013. Prior to that, he served as the company's COO. He has over 30 years experience in the drilling industry and has also held several senior positions in Maersk, including Managing Director of Maersk Contractors in Norway.

Georgina Sousa

Georgina Sousa has served as a Director since November 2015, she has served as our corporate secretary since December 2005.  She is currently a Director, Secretary and the Head of Corporate Administration for Frontline Ltd. and a Director and Company Secretary for North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. and Ship Finance International Limited.  

Until January 2007, she was Vice-President-Corporate Services of Consolidated Services Limited, a Bermuda Management Company, having joined the firm in 1993 as Manager of Corporate Administration.  From 1982 to 1993 she was employed by the Bermuda law firm of Cox & Wilkinson as Senior Company Secretary and from 1976 to 1982 she was employed by the Bermuda law firm of Appleby, Spurling & Kempe as a Company Secretary.

Hans Petter Aas

Hans Petter Aas was appointed as a Director of the Company in May 2015.

Mark Grant

Mark Grant was appointed as a Director of the Company in January 2017. He has held Senior Management positions in a number of private and listed entities, including Al Jaber Group (UAE), Cable & Wireless (US & UK), Houses of Parliament (UK) and Eurotunnel Group (UK/France). Mr Grant has a first degree in Civil Engineering, an MBA in Finance from London Cass Business School and has completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) and a Fellow of the UK Association of Corporate Treasurers.

David Weinstein

David Weinstein was appointed as a Director of the Company in January 2017. He is the Chairman of THE ONEIDA GROUP and Deputy Chairman of TORM plc. Mr. Weinstein graduated from the Columbia School of Law and Brandeis University.

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