Board of Directors
Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen
Chairman and Director
Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen has served as a Director of the Company since March 2010. He has served as a Director of Stolt-Nielsen Limited since 1996 and as Chief Executive Officer since 2000. He served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Stolt Offshore S.A. from September 2002 to March 2003. He was the President of Stolt Sea Farm from 1996 to 2000. In 1994 he opened and organised Stolt-Nielsen Limited’s representative office in Shanghai. He joined the company in 1990 in Greenwich, Connecticut, working for Stolt Tankers. Mr Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen graduated from Hofstra University in 1990 with a BS degree in Business and Finance. Mr Stolt-Nielsen is a Norwegian citizen and resides in the United Kingdom.
Jan Chr. Engelhardtsen
Jan Chr. Engelhardtsen has served as a Director of the Company since February 2014. He has served as Chief Financial Officer of Stolt-Nielsen Limited since 1991. He served as Interim Chief Financial Officer, Stolt Offshore S.A. from September 2002 until March 2003. He served as President and General Manager of Stolt-Nielsen Singapore Pte. Ltd. from 1988 through 1991. He has been associated with Stolt-Nielsen since 1974. Mr Engelhardtsen holds an MBA from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Finance. Mr Engelhardtsen is a Norwegian citizen and resides in the United Kingdom.
François Sunier has served as a Director of the Company since December 2010. He has been the CEO and Managing Director of Suntrust Investment Co S.A. since January 2002. Prior to Suntrust Investment Co S.A., Mr Sunier worked as Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, London and as First Vice President (bond markets) at UBS Philips & Drew, London. François Sunier was educated at the University of Geneva, from where he graduated with a bachelor in political sciences. Mr Sunier is a Swiss citizen and resides in Switzerland.
Kate Blankenship has served as a Director of the Company October 2013. Mrs Blankenship has also served as a director of Frontline Ltd since 2003 and Frontline 2012 Ltd since December 2011. Mrs Blankenship joined Frontline Ltd in 1994 and served as its Chief Accounting Officer and Secretary until October 2005. Mrs Blankenship has been a director of Ship Finance International limited since October 2003, Golden Ocean Group Limited since November 2004, Golar LNG Limited since July 2003, Golar LNG Partners since September 2007, Seadrill Limited since May 2005, Seadrill Partners LLC since June 2012, North Atlantic Drilling Ltd since February 2011, Independent Tankers Corporation Limited since February 2008 and Archer Limited since its incorporation in 2007. Mrs Blankenship is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mrs Blankenship is a British citizen and resides in the United Kingdom.
Erling Lind has served as a Director of the Company since October 2013, and is a partner in the Oslo based law firm Wiersholm. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo in 1982 and has, since then, worked as a lawyer at Wiersholm. He became a partner in 1987. Mr Lind specialises on Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions and has advised clients in the shipping and oil services sectors throughout his career. He currently serves as the non-executive chairman of the board of Sevan Drilling ASA, whose shares are listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Mr Lind is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Oslo, Norway.
Jan Kastrup-Nielsen has served as a Director of the Company since April 2014. He has worked for J. Lauritzen from 2000 to 2016 latest as CEO from 2013 to 2016. Prior to being CEO he held the position as COO and headed Lauritzen Kosan and Lauritzen Tankers. From 1993 to 2000 Mr Kastrup-Nielsen worked for Trammogas in various positions, including head of chartering and operation from 1993, general manager from 1995 and managing director from 1998 with responsibilities for the total activities including the global trading. As from 1998, he also served on the board of directors of Transammonia Inc.
Mr Kastrup-Nielsen started his shipping career with A.P. Moller working there from 1978 to 1986. He served on the board of directors of the Danish Shipowners Association from 2013 to 2016 and chaired the Business and Trade Committee from 2006 to 2011. Jan Kastrup-Nielsen has through the years attended a number of programmes at Insead, IMD and IESE. Mr Kastrup-Nielsen is a Danish Citizen and resides in Denmark.