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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Jeremy Lee
Jeremy Lee
Commercial Director
Jeremy has over 30 years of industry experience and joined the company in January 2014. He began his career as a Commercial Manager at P&O (bulk division). In 1988 Jeremy joined Exmar in Hong Kong representing the first commercial presence for Exmar in Asia. After 1998, the office focused almost entirely on the pressurised sector and in 2004 acquired the assets of Far East Shipping, which held the pre-eminent position in the local market. In 2005, he joined Unigas Kosan as a Managing Director where he was responsible for the marketing of the fleet and the conclusion of all term and spot charters.
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Uta Urbaniak-Sage
Uta Urbaniak-Sage
Chief Financial Officer
Uta has over 20 years of experience in the ship finance and shipping industry. She began her career with HSH Nordbank in Hamburg and went on to become the Head of West European and North American shipping clients. In 2006 Uta moved with the bank to Hong Kong, establishing their ship financing activities in Asia. Uta joined the company in 2007 and her responsibilities include managing key relationships with shareholders and with ship financiers.
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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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Board of Directors
Andreas Sohmen-Pao
Andreas Sohmen-Pao
Chairman
Andreas is Chairman of BW Group, BW Offshore, BW LPG, Hafnia and Singapore Maritime Foundation. He is also a non-executive director of Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and a trustee of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Andreas was previously Chief Executive Officer of BW Group. He has also served as a non-executive director of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd, The London P&I Club, The Esplanade Co Ltd, Sport Singapore, Singapore National Parks Board and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore amongst others. Andreas graduated from Oxford University in England with an honours degree in Oriental Studies. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Billy Chiu
Billy Chiu
Billy has been with BW Group since 1985 and has more than 30 years of experience in the shipping industry. Billy’s current role as Executive Vice President at BW Group oversees the Quality and Compliance unit, the Dry Cargo business segment, and Asset Management teams. In addition to many other senior management roles within BW, he spent 5 years at the company’s Tokyo office. Billy graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Social Science degree, majoring in management studies and economics. He holds director positions at the ITOPF and was a director at the Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Limited from 2010 - 2014.
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Christopher Buttery
Christopher Buttery
Chris has over 35 years of experience in the shipping industry. He graduated from University College, Oxford University with a Master of Arts degree in Modern History. He began his shipping career with Jardine, Matheson & Company Limited. Chris later founded the original Pacific Basin business in 1987 and was instrumental in re-establishing the current Pacific Basin in 1998, holding various Executive positions including Deputy Chairman and Chairman until June 2008. He is also Chairman of Taylor Maritime, a Director of The China Navigation Co (John Swire & Co), and a Director of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.
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Nicholas Lykiardopulo
Nicholas Lykiardopulo
Nicholas joined the Board in 2017, and brings over 35 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. 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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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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