USA-based and Oslo-listed chemical carrier operator Chembulk bids farewell to chief executive Davis Ellis with chief financial officer Bart Kelleher taking over the seat at the top of the executive management table
Mr Kelleher has held senior executive roles within Chembulk since joining the company in early 2016, initially as chief strategy officer and then chief financial officer in early 2019. Prior to joining Chembulk, Mr Kelleher was chief operating officer for Principal Maritime Management and held roles in investment banking, commercial banking and capital markets roles in the maritime and energy-related industries at Bear Stearns and HSH Nordbank. Mr Kelleher holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Master’s degree from MIT and a BE from New York Maritime College.
Senior vice president of finance Solomon Tan will replace Mr Kelleher as chief financial officer. Headquartered in Southport, CT, USA, Chembulk maintains an additional primary operating hub in Singapore. Mr Tan has been with the Chembulk since 2015 and held several key roles within the company. He will remain in the Singapore office. Prior to joining Chembulk, Mr Tan was with the global financial advisory firm Borelli Walsh and the international accounting firm Deloitte. He is a chartered accountant and a graduate of Nanyang Business School with a degree in accountancy.
In addition, Chembulk announced that Arthur L Regan has been designated as executive chairman by the board of directors. Mr Regan’s role is to closely co-ordinate support to the Company and its Board of Directors, which he initially joined at the end of 2018.
Chembulk owns and operates a fleet of specialised stainless-steel chemical tankers which trade specialty commodities on a global basis. Chartering responsibilities will continue to be managed by Chembulk’s regional heads in Singapore and Connecticut, who will now report to Mr Kelleher. As part of the transition, chief commercial officer Steve Laino will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.
In 2016, Chembulk and software company Orion Marine Concepts of India developed a performance monitoring and benchmarking tool and gained approval for its use from classification society DNV GL. Optimising all operations and equipment on a vessel is now a critical step toward reaching greenhouse goals. See and hear more at the Optimised Ship Forum in Singapore on the 1 April 2020.