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 Limited ("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, Golar LNG Limited ("Golar"), a Bermuda company listed on the Nasdaq Global Market and the Oslo Stock Exchange, whose principal shareholder is World Shipholding Limited, a company indirectly influenced by trusts established by Mr. Fredriksen for the benefit of his immediate family. He is also a director of a related party, Golden Ocean Group Limited ("Golden Ocean"), a Bermuda company publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and on the Singapore Stock Exchange, whose principal shareholder is Hemen and has served as a director of Frontline 2012 Ltd since December 2011.
Tor Olav Trøim has served as Vice-President and a director of the Company since its inception in May 2005. Mr Trøim graduated as M.Sc. Naval Architect from the University of Trondheim, Norway in 1985.
His careers include Equity Portfolio Manager with Storebrand ASA (1987-1990) and Chief Executive Officer for the Norwegian Oil Company DNO AS (1992-1995). Mr Trøim has also been a director of Archer Limited since its incorporation in 2007. Mr Trøim is also a director of Golar, Golar LNG Partners LP (listed on the Nasdaq Global Market), Golden Ocean (also listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange), Aktiv Kapital ASA and Marine Harvest ASA. He served as a director of Frontline from November 1997 until February 2008 and has served as a director of Frontline 2012 Ltd since December 2011.
Kate Blankenship has served as a director of the Company 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, North Atlantic Drilling Ltd., since February 2011, Independent Tankers Corporation Limited since February 2008, Golar since July 2003, Golar LNG Partners LP since September 2007, Golden Ocean since November 2004 and Archer Limited since its incorporation in 2007 and Frontline 2012 Ltd since December 2011. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Carl Erik Steen has served as a director of the Company since February 2011. Mr Steen graduated in 1975 from ETH Zurich Switzerland with an M.Sc. in Industrial and Management Engineering. He then worked as a consultant in various Norwegian companies before joining I.M. Skaugen as a Director in 1978.
In 1983, Mr Steen moved to Christiana Bank Luxembourg and in 1987 returned to Norway to establish the international shipping desk of Christiania Bank. In 1992, Mr. Steen was appointed Executive Vice-President with the responsibility of Christiania Bank's Shipping, Offshore and International activities. From January 2001 until February 2011, Mr Steen was head of Nordea Bank's Shipping, Oil Services & International Division. Mr Steen is also a board member of Eksportfinans (the Norwegian export credit institution for Export Financing), and Eitzen Chemical ASA, Wilhelm Wilhelmsen Holding ASA and RS Platou ASA.
Bert Bekker has served as our director since April 2013. Mr Bekker has been in the heavy marine transport industry since 1978 when he co-founded Dock Express Shipping Rotterdam (the predecessor of Dockwise Transport). He retired from his position as Chief Executive Officer of Dockwise Transport B.V. in May 2003. Mr Bekker served as Chief Executive Officer of Cableship Contractors N.V. Curacao from March 2001 until June 2006.
In May 2006, Mr Bekker was appointed Executive Advisor Heavy Lift of Frontline Management AS, an affiliate of Frontline, and in January 2007, he was appointed CEO of Sealift Management B.V. Mr Bekker held that position until its merger with Dockwise Ltd in May 2007. He served as a director of Dockwise Ltd. from June 2007 until December 2009. Mr Bekker currently serves as a director of Wilh. Wilhelmsen Netherlands B.V., part of the Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA Group, and has served as a director since July 2003. Mr Bekker has served as a director of Seadrill Partners LLC since September 2012.
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.
Kathrine Fredriksen has served as a Director of the Company since September, 2008. Ms Fredriksen has also served as a director of Golar since February 2008. She graduated from Wang Handels Gymnas in Norway and studied at the European Business School in London.
Ms Fredriksen is the daughter of Mr. John Fredriksen, our President and Chairman.