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John Beckwith (Photo: Braemar)

Braemar Names Beckwith HR Director

mergers, demergers, and acquisitions throughout his career, including an IPO process. While Beckwith’s M&A experience is significant – and includes the Clarksons-RS Platou merger – his experience at several broking businesses is equally notable. Beckwith is well-versed in financial services regulation and corporate governance. He has also hired and developed many commercial front office teams and market professionals. As such, Beckwith will be an influential component for enabling and sustaining Braemar’s growth.Tris Simmonds, Braemar’s COO, commented, “Following

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K&L Gates Adds Maritime Lawyer in Houston

;L Gates LLP has added Felisa Sanchez as of counsel in the maritime and finance practices. She joins the firm’s Houston office from Foley & Lardner LLP.Sanchez focuses her practice on a wide variety of corporate, finance, and commercial matters for domestic and international clients in the financial services, maritime, transportation, and energy sectors. She has nearly 20 years of experience representing public and private companies in complex transactions, including maritime financings and restructurings; transactions, contracts and regulatory compliance involving vessels and maritime assets;

Kevin Blunsum (Photo: TT Club)

TT Club Taps Blunsum as Chief Technology Officer

of Business Transformation.Blunsum will be working closely with Lisa Gibbard, the recently appointed CIO of TT Club’s management company, Thomas Miller to ensure alignment with other businesses in the group. Gibbard herself has career-long expertise in global IT and operations of global financial services organizations, in particular focusing on defining and implementing business lead technology strategies, driving innovation and operational risk management.Kevin King TT Club’s COO said, “The timing of this appointment, the first CTO TT has ever had, and indeed a first for any Thomas

Lorie Tekorius will become Greenbrier CEO and co-founder William A. Furman will become executive chair (Photo: Greenbrier)

Tekorius to Succeed Furman as Greenbrier CEO

with FMC Corporation (FMC), a Fortune 500, multinational industrial company. At the age of 25, he became the first general manager of the FMC Finance division, a captive sales finance arm for FMC which he founded. Subsequently, Furman joined Trans Pacific Financial Corporation, a publicly traded financial services company located in Portland, Oregon. Until 1974, he was Corporate Vice President of Trans Pacific's Leasing Group, responsible for all phases of its operations. In late 1974, Furman and Alan James acquired the Trans Pacific National division, a capital lease asset underwriter and entered

JAXPORT’s Board of Directors Names Hamilton Chair

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) Board of Directors selected new officers during its monthly meeting on Sept. 27, unanimously electing financial services executive Wendy O. Hamilton as Chair.Hamilton is a certified financial planner and serves as President of Eventide Investments of Florida, Inc. She has more than 25 years of financial service and asset management experience and specializes in managing multi-manager and multi-generational portfolios. Hamilton also participates in numerous community service initiatives, including the Women’s Giving Alliance, and is a former board member

Benedicte Willumsen Grieg (Photo: Kongsberg Digital)

Kongsberg Digital Appoints New VP of Strategy

. “Kongsberg Digital is growing rapidly, and we are on an exciting journey. It will be extra valuable for us to have Benedicte on the team in the growth phase we are in.”Before joining the Kongsberg Group in 2018, Willumsen Grieg worked as Head of Strategy in Telenor Digital’s Financial Services. She also has several years of experience from the management consulting company Arkwright, and a Master's degree in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Willumsen Grieg is a board member of Kongsberg Innovation,

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New Deputy Port Directors at Port of Brownsville

UTRGV).Prior to joining the port, Gomez served as the Port of Matamoros’s director of Business Development and Marketing, and Secretary of Economic Development for the City of Matamoros. He has worked in a variety of private sector business activities ranging from farming and agriculture, financial services, construction, and energy."We are very excited to have Melinda and Arturo join our port family. Their knowledge and diverse experience will further boost our efforts in responding to the needs of our staff, tenants, business partners and the whole community," said Port Director and

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New Banking Payment Platform for Seafarers Launched

the Secure Seas payments platform. However, in the end, it is the human element that drives our business. A significant proportion of our profits will be reinvested in seafarer centers to help them provide the much-needed support for seafarers.”Secure-Seas has appointed Cyprus based Evrostia Financial Services for representation in Greece and Cyprus. Evrostia’s Chairman, Andreas Grammatikos, has significant experience in the development and administration of insurance, banking and bancassurance products and services

Kevin Short (Photo: Mintra)

Kevin Short Named CEO of Mintra

Knowledge – a company acquired by Mintra in 2018 that developed digital learning solutions, including the OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) course for offshore energy workers on the UKCS. Prior to making the move to Atlas, Short held several senior management positions in the financial services sector, including vice president sales and marketing with Pitney Bowes in London and managing director of both Hays DX and Meridian in Ireland.Kerr, a former petroleum engineer based in Norway, held the CEO post since 2016, during which time Mintra carried out three acquisitions. He previously

Squire Patton Boggs continued the expansion of its commodities and shipping capabilities with the addition of partner Kate Sherrard into its Financial Services Practice.

Sherrard Enhances Squire Patton Boggs Commodities and Shipping Capabilities

Squire Patton Boggs continued the expansion of its commodities and shipping capabilities with the addition of partner Kate Sherrard into its Financial Services Practice. She joins the firm from Clifford Chance where she was Head of the Asia Pacific Maritime and Offshore Group and is accompanied by senior associate Bernice Chia.“When we launched our commodities and shipping group last year we set our sights on creating one of the premier practices in the market,” said Steve Mahon, global managing partner – clients and strategy. “The team has gotten off to a fast start and Kate

Helen Samuels  (Photo: Bibby Marine Ltd)

Bibby Marine Appoints Samuels as CEO

award-winning Bibby WaveMaster 1 : and Bibby HydroMap which provides leading subsea mapping and data analysis services.Bibby Marine Ltd is a subsidiary of Bibby Line Group – a diverse, $1 billion global business, operating in 16 countries, employing 4,000 people in sectors including retail, financial services, distribution, marine and construction equipment hire

Prasanta Roy (Photo: Sailors’ Society)

​​​​Sailors’ Society Appoints New Director

taking on additional responsibilities across the operations of the Society, while Prasanta focuses on the charity’s growth and development.Sailors’ Society’s former CEO, Stuart Rivers, left the charity on May 7.Prasanta was previously chief administration officer at multinational financial services company Wells Fargo for nine years, and has held senior roles at Barclays, UBS, JP Morgan Chase and Nomura

Jayson Hron (Photo: Duluth Seaway Port Authority)

Duluth Seaway Port Authority Welcomes Hron

in a variety of public relations, copywriting, media relations, brand management and marketing capacities. Since 2013, Hron has been a communications manager for USA Hockey in Colorado Springs, Colo. For eight years prior, he led communications efforts as senior public relations specialist in the financial services industry, for the ING Group in St. Cloud, Minn.After beginning his career as a sportswriter, editor and page designer with Murphy McGinnis Newspapers, he served as communications director for the United States Hockey League and, later, assistant director of public relations in the athletics

Maritime Finance Lawyer Johnson Joins Haynes and Boone

the workout and restructuring of shipbuilding contracts.Haynes and Boone is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Chicago, Denver, Washington, D.C., London, Mexico City and Shanghai, providing a full spectrum of legal services in energy, technology, financial services and private equity. With more than 550 lawyers, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest U.S.-based firms by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer and The Lawyer.Since Haynes and Boone entered the London market in 2016 by merging with Curtis Davis Garrard LLP, it has hired lawyers

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Women in Maritime Charter to be launched next week

culture.Performance against action plans will be self-assessed via online portal and national performance published in a joint industry-government report.Whilst arguably being behind the curve on gender diversity, the Women in Maritime Task force has been able to learn from others sectors, such as financial services, which have delivered similar initiatives. Officials from HM Treasury and Virgin Money, responsible for the Women in Finance Charter, briefed their maritime counterparts on their own experience.Since Maritime UK’s Women in Maritime Task force called for companies to engage in its work

Papageorgiou Named CFO of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network

.   Yiannis Papanicolaou, Aegean's Chairman of the Board, commented, "We are pleased to welcome Pavlos as Chief Financial Officer of Aegean. Pavlos brings more than twenty years of extensive senior leadership experience across global marine transportation, business development and financial services. We are confident Pavlos' significant industry knowledge positions him to hit the ground running and support our ongoing efforts to drive growth, profitability and value for all Aegean stakeholders."   Papageorgiou added, "I am very excited to join the team at Aegean and look

Bryceon Sumner (Photo: Foss)

Foss Names Sumner CFO

has joined Foss Maritime as chief financial officer, hired to oversee all aspects of the organization's financial function and performance. Sumner brings to the role years of experience gained at a number of organizations ranging from education technology and real estate, to architecture and financial services. Prior to joining Foss, Sumner served as COO and CFO for public and private companies, family offices and as a senior financial officer of a $60 billion government banking insurance fund. Most recently, he was CFO of Academic Partnerships, a Dallas-based educational technology provider focused

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