The following provides information about each of our directors and director nominees. The business address for these individuals is Par-la-Ville Place, 14 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 08, Bermuda.
|Tor Olav Trøim||Chairman|
|Paul Leand Jr.||Director and Conflicts Committee Member|
|Alf Thorkildsen||Director and Conflicts Committee Member|
|Jeremy Kramer||Director and Conflicts Committee Member|
|Lori Wheeler Naess||Director and Audit Committee Chairperson|
Tor Olav Trøim (Director)
Tor Olav Trøim has served on our Board of Directors since January 2009. Mr. Trøim also serves as a director of Golar LNG Limited, a position he has held since September 2011. He previously served as a director and vice-president of Golar LNG Limited from its incorporation in May 2001 until October 2009, after which time he served as a director and Chairman of the Company’s listed subsidiary, Golar LNG Energy Limited.
Mr Troim was Vice President and a director of Seadrill Limited between 2005 and 2014. Additionally between 1995 and 2014 he also served, at various times, as a director of a number of related public companies including Frontline Limited, Golden Ocean Group Limited, Archer Limited as well as Seatankers Management Limited. Prior to 1995 he served as an Equity Portfolio Manager with Storebrand ASA and Chief Executive Officer for the Norwegian Oil Company DNO AS. Mr. Trøim graduated as M.Sc Naval Architect from the University of Trondheim, Norway in 1985.
Paul Leand Jr. has served on our board of directors since March 2011. Mr. Leand has been a Director of NYSE-listed Ship Finance International Limited since 2003. Mr. Leand has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of AMA Capital Partners LLC, or AMA, an investment bank specializing in the maritime industry since 2004. From 1989 to 1998 Mr. Leand served at the First National Bank of Maryland where he managed its Railroad Division and its International Maritime 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 member of American Marine Credit LLC's Credit Committee and served as a member of the Investment Committee of AMA Shipping Fund I, a private equity fund formed and managed by AMA. Mr. Leand holds a BS/BA from Boston University’s School of Management and is a director of publicly listed SEA CO LTD and privately held Helm Financial Corporation and GE SEACO SRL.
Carl Steen has served on our board of directors since his appointment in August 2012. Mr. Steen initially graduated in 1975 from ETH Zurich Switzerland with an M.Sc. in Industrial and Management Engineering. After working for a number of high profile companies, Mr. Steen joined Nordea Bank from January 2001 to February 2011 as head of the bank's Shipping, Oil Services & International Division. Currently, Mr. Steen holds directorship positions in various Norwegian companies including Wilhelm Wilhelmsen Holding ASA and RS Platou ASA.
Mr. Thorkildsen is currently a senior partner with Hitecvision who he joined in 2013, from the position as Chief Executive Officer of Seadrill. During his tenure, Seadrill grew to become the world’s largest driller by market capitalisation and enterprise value. Mr. Thorkildsen joined Seadrill in 2006 as CFO. Prior to this, he was the CFO of Smedvig ASA, a leading Norwegian drilling company, which was acquired by Seadrill in 2006. Alf C. Thorkildsen started his career in 1980 in Larsen and Hagen Shipping and worked thereafter for 20 years in Shell in numerous senior positions.
Mr. Whalley is a Bermudian lawyer called to the Bar in 1995. He has experience in aviation and shipping law, as well as general corporate matters. He is currently of Counsel to Alexanders, a Bermuda law firm and is also an independent consultant providing legal and corporate secretarial services. Mr. Whalley is a Director and Co-Founder of Provenance Information Assurance Limited, a company involved in the development of software for the legalisation of documents.
Mr. Kramer has been a Senior Portfolio Manager at Neuberger Berman for the last 18 years (1998-2016), managing equity portfolios primarily for high net worth clients. Prior to that, Mr. Kramer worked at Alliance Capital from 1994 to 1998, first as a Securities Analyst following several industries, including railroads, truckers, air freight and industrial conglomerates and then as a Portfolio Manager focused on small and mid-cap equity securities. He also managed a closed-end fund, the Alliance Global Environment Fund. Mr. Kramer worked at Neuberger Berman from 1988 to 1994 as a Securities Analyst following several industries, including railroads, conglomerates and environmental services. Mr. Kramer graduated from Harvard University Graduate School of Business in 1988 with an MBA. He graduated with a BA from Connecticut College in 1983.
Lori Wheeler Naess
Ms Lori Wheeler Naess was appointed as a Director and Audit Committee Chairperson on February 29, 2016. Ms Naess was most recently a Director with PWC in Oslo and was a Project Leader for the Capital Markets Group. Between 2010 and 2012 she was a Senior Advisor for the Financial Supervisory Authority in Norway and prior to this she was also with PWC in roles in the U.S., Norway and Germany. Ms Naess is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant.