Leadership

Senior Management
 
Charles Maltby
Charles Maltby
Chief Executive Officer
Charles has over 20 years of shipping industry experience. He graduated from the University of Plymouth, UK in 1992 with a BSc in Maritime Business (International Shipping & Maritime Law). He began his shipping career with Mobil Shipping in 1992 with day to day responsibility for LPG and petrochemical chartering & operations. From 1996 to 2005 he held various positions with BHP Billiton’s dry bulk and tanker freight business in London and Melbourne, culminating in establishing the handysize/handymax chartering and trading desk in the Hague in 2001. In 2005 he joined Pacific Basin as Managing Director (UK), Global Head of the Handymax Business and Head of the Groups Atlantic business. He joined Epic Gas as Executive Chairman in September 2014, a position he held until May 2019. He has held the position of Chief Executive Officer since March 2015. He attended INSEAD (AMP) in 2008, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
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Thomas Wøidemann
Thomas Wøidemann
Commercial Director
Mr. Wøidemann has been employed with the J. Lauritzen Group since 2002. In 2018 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lauritzen Kosan. He is trained in shipping, holds a Higher Commercial Examination and has attended various executive courses at IESE and IMD.
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Uta Urbaniak-Sage
Uta Urbaniak-Sage
Chief Financial Officer

Uta joined BW Epic Kosan (formerly Epic Gas) in 2007 as Managing Director of the Singapore operation and became group CFO in 2012 where she has been closely involved in numerous debt/equity raising and M&A transactions. Before joining BW Epic Kosan, Uta worked for HSH Nordbank in Hamburg and Hong Kong in various management positions in the bank’s shipping division. Uta is currently a Director of Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.


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Niraj Singh
Niraj Singh
Technical Director
Niraj has over 30 years of marine industry experience. He began his career with P&O Bulk in 1989. After spending 6 years as a Chief Engineer with varied experience on Bulk Carriers, Tankers – Oil & Chemical, he joined Gemarfin (Gestioni Maritima Finanziare) as a Technical Superintendent in 2000 at Lugano, Switzerland. In 2003, Niraj joined Epic Gas as Ship Manager, and since 2013 as a Fleet Manager. He took up the role of Technical Director in 2016, and is responsible for our global technical management including Ship Management, SHEQ, Crewing, and Newbuilding.
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Fevian Leong
Fevian Leong
Human Resources Director

Fevian joined BW Epic Kosan in August 2022 as Human Resources Director. She has over 20 years of human resources management and development experience, spanning across healthcare, hospitality, maritime, IT and gas industries. Fevian has extensive experience in handling merger and acquisition, and leading organisational change across global corporations. Prior to joining BW Epic Kosan, she was the Head of HR, ASEAN at Linde Gas Asia and ASEAN HR Director at Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting).

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Board of Directors
Andreas Sohmen-Pao
Andreas Sohmen-Pao
Chairman

Andreas Sohmen-Pao is Chairman of BW Group and listed affiliates BW Offshore, BW LPG, Hafnia, BW Epic Kosan, BW Energy and Cadeler. He is Chairman of the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, a director of Navigator Holdings and a trustee of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.
Mr Sohmen-Pao was previously Chairman of the Singapore Maritime Foundation and has served as a non-executive director of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd, London P&I Club, Singapore Symphonia Company, National Parks Board Singapore, Sport Singapore and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore amongst others.Mr Sohmen-Pao graduated from Oxford University in England with an honours degree in Oriental Studies and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.


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Nicholas Lykiardopulo
Nicholas Lykiardopulo
Nicholas joined the Board in 2017, and brings many years of experience in shipping, commodities and finance. Within his family shipping business, Neda Maritime, he was involved in purchases, disposals and financing of numerous shipping assets, he has also advised on investments in private equity and financial products, both on behalf of Neda as well as in his role as Director of The UK Mutual Steamship Association of Bermuda. Nicholas is on the Board of Diorasis International SA, an alternative Investment Advisory firm based in Luxembourg. He is a non-executive Director and Chairman of Taylor Maritime Investments Limited. Nicholas holds an MA from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
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Esben Poulsson
Esben Poulsson
Esben Poulsson has worked in the maritime industry for over 45 years, holding a variety of senior management positions in Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen and Singapore and is Executive Chairman of ENESEL PTE. LTD., a Singapore based container ship owning entity, all under the Singapore Flag. He is a Non-Executive Director of X-Press Feeders Ltd., of Hafnia Tankers Pte. Ltd. and of Nordic Shipholding A/S. He is non-executive Chairman of Cambiaso Risso Asia Pte. Ltd. and of Tamar Shipmanagement Ltd. and serves as Senior Advisor to Straits Tankers Pte. Ltd. He also serves on the Board of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). He is President of the Singapore Shipping Association and an Advisory Panel Member of the Singapore Maritime Foundation, and serves as Chairman of the London-based International Chamber of Shipping.
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Tommy Thomsen
Tommy Thomsen

Tommy brings over 35 years of experience in shipping, logistics, finance and international business. He is currently CEO of the Lauritzen Foundation and it’s holding company Lauritzen Fonden Holding. He also serves as Chairman of J. Lauritzen and Lauritzen Bulkers. Tommy was previously the CEO of Denmark’s Investment Fund for Developing Countries and before that CEO of Nordic Tankers and prior partner in Clipper Group. He has also had a long career in A.P. Moller-Maersk, latest as member of the executive board with responsibility of APM Terminals and other activities. He was also the CEO of Maersk Inc. based in USA. Further he earlier held the responsibility of Maersk Tankers. Tommy is Chairman of The Danish Maritime Fund and C.W. Obel and serves as non-executive director of PSA International and also serves on the Panama Canal advisory board. He also holds several other board memberships within the Lauritzen Group of companies.

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Kristian Verner Mørch
Kristian Verner Mørch
Kristian has more than 30 years’ experience in the shipping industry, working across both Europe and Asia. He currently serves as chairman of Maersk Broker and vice chairman of J.Lauritzen. He was CEO of Odfjell SE until May 2022. Prior to that, he was partner and CEO of Clipper Group, and prior to that had a career at A.P.Moller-Maersk – most significantly as COO of Maersk Tankers. He has served on the boards of Odfjell SE, Nordic Shipholding, Danish Ferries and Broström. Kristian holds an MBA from IMD Switzerland, and has attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.
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Rita Granlund
Rita Granlund

Ms. Granlund has over 35 years of audit experience, including 23 years as partner in PwC. She was Territory Assurance Leader in PwC Norway for 6 years and industry leader Transportation and Logistics for 13 years. Ms. Granlund has extensive audit and transaction experience from listed companies within various industries, including shipping and offshore. She has worked on many large and complex transactions, including acquisitions, business combinations, restructurings, initial public offerings and comfort letter procedures. She has completed INSEAD International Directors Programme with Certificate in Corporate Governance, and is a State Authorized Public Accountant (Norway). Ms. Granlund is currently CEO of AIF Depository AS in the Permian Group.

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