Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Charles Fabrikant is Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and has been a director of the Company and several of its subsidiaries since the Company’s inception in 1989. Mr. Fabrikant has served as a director and member of the Audit Committee of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., a contract oil and gas driller, since January 2004. Mr. Fabrikant serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company’s former aviation division, Era Group Inc. (“Era Group”), an international helicopter operator providing transportation services to the offshore drilling industry. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Era Group from October 2011 through April 2012 and as a Director of Dorian LPG Ltd., a liquefied petroleum gas shipping company and leading owner and operator of modern Very Large Gas Carriers (“VLGCs”), from July 2013 through December 2015. Mr. Fabrikant is also a Director of Hawker Pacific Airservices, Limited, an aviation sales product support, company and President of Fabrikant International Corporation (“FIC”), a privately owned corporation engaged in marine investments. FIC may be deemed an affiliate of the Company. Mr. Fabrikant is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and Harvard University.
With over 30 years experience in the maritime, transportation, investment and environmental industries and given his position as the founder and former President and current Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Mr. Fabrikant’s broad experience and deep understanding of the Company make him uniquely qualified to serve as a director.
Director and Vice Chairman
Oivind Lorentzen is Vice Chairman of the Board and has been a director of the Company since August 2001. Mr. Lorentzen served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company from September 2010 through February 2015. He served as a director of the Company’s former aviation division, Era Group, from February 2013 through October 2014. From 1990 until September 2010, Mr. Lorentzen was President of Northern Navigation America, Inc., a Stamford, Connecticut, based investment management and ship-owning agency company concentrating in specialized marine transportation and ship finance. From 1979 to 1990, Mr. Lorentzen was Managing Director of Lorentzen Empreendimentos S.A., an industrial and shipping group in Brazil, and he served on its Board of Directors until December 2005. Mr. Lorentzen was Chairman of NFC Shipping Funds, a leading private equity fund in the maritime industry, from 2000 to 2008. Mr. Lorentzen is Managing Director of Northern Navigation LLC, an investment management company and a Director of Dorian LPG Ltd., a liquefied petroleum gas shipping company and leading owner and operator of modern VLGCs. He is also a director of Blue Danube, Inc., a privately owned corporation engaged as an inland marine service provider, and a director of Genesee & Wyoming Inc., an owner and operator of short line and regional freight railroads.
Mr. Lorentzen’s strong background in finance in the maritime industry and his having served as the CEO of an investment management and ship-owning company specializing in ship finance, adds a valuable perspective to the Board. As the Company’s former Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lorentzen also provides valuable insight to the Board and a deep understanding of the Company’s operations.
David R. Berz has been a director of the Company since February 2014. From August 1985 through December 2013, Mr. Berz was a partner of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he headed the law firm’s environmental practice. Mr. Berz is a nationally acknowledged authority on U.S. and international environmental law. As a litigator, he served as lead counsel in civil and criminal environmental matters involving federal and state water, air and hazardous waste and substance statutes. He regularly counseled multinational corporations and boards of directors in developing environmental compliance and social responsibility programs and serves as environmental counsel to financial institutions. He co-authored the three-volume treatise Environmental Law in Real Estate and Business Transactions and frequently lectures and writes on a broad range of environmental topics. Mr. Berz received the American Bar Association’s 2011 Award for Excellence in Environmental and Resources Stewardship. Mr. Berz serves on the Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and on the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee. He is past president of the Dean’s Council of the George Washington University School of Law.
Mr. Berz’s extensive knowledge of U.S. and international environmental law has been and will continue to be of invaluable assistance to the Company in assessing and complying with local, state, federal and international water and air quality standards.
Pierre de Demandolx
Pierre de Demandolx has been a director of the Company since April 1994. He has been a general partner of DPH Conseils, a Paris-based shipping and energy consulting company, since October 2003 and a director and a member of the Audit Committee of Capital Product LP, an international transportation company focused on the crude tanker industry, since November 2011 after its merger with Crude Carriers Corp. He was a director of Crude Carriers Corp. from March 2010 until October 2011. From April 1999 until October 2003, Mr. de Demandolx was the Managing Director of Petroleum Development and Diversification, a London-based consulting agency. From 1995 until September 2001, he was a director of Compagnie Nationale de Navigation (“CNN”), a Paris-based public shipping company owned by Worms et Cie until 1998, and owned by Compagnie Maritime Belge until 2001. Mr. de Demandolx was the Chief Executive Officer of CNN from September 1990 to June 1996. From 1996 until October 1997, Mr. de Demandolx was the Chairman of the Board of Héli-Union, a Paris-based helicopter transportation company.
Mr. de Demandolx’s extensive experience in the shipping and energy industries adds great value to the Board as his experience is directly related to the Company’s lines of business and adds perspective to the Compensation Committee, of which he is a member.
Andrew R. Morse
Andrew R. Morse has been a director of the Company since June 1998. He has been a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager of Morse, Towey and White, a wholly-owned wealth management unit of High Tower Advisors Inc., a Chicago based firm of investment advisors since July 31, 2010. In addition, Mr. Morse serves on the Board of Directors and on the Audit Committee of High Tower Advisors Inc. Mr. Morse was a managing director and senior portfolio manager of UBS Financial Services, Inc., from October 2001 until July 2010. Mr. Morse was Senior Vice President-Investments of Salomon Smith Barney Inc. of New York, an investment banking firm, and Smith Barney Inc., its predecessor, from March 1993 to October 2001. Mr. Morse sits on numerous philanthropic boards and is Treasurer of the American Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science and serves on the Management Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Mr. Morse served as a director of Seabulk International, Inc., both before and following its merger with the Company in July 2005 until March 2006. In December 2015, Mr. Morse became a member of the Board of Managers of KGP Realty, a private residential property management company.
Mr. Morse’s deep experience in wealth management and corporate finance provides a valuable resource to the Board. In addition, his finance experience through advising high net worth individuals and investment entities adds a valuable perspective to the Board and makes him well qualified to serve as Chairman of the Audit Committee. In addition, foreign governments have sought his experience on international corporate finance with respect to issues such as complex energy crisis management and other significant matters of public policy related to the Company’s lines of business.
R. Christopher Regan
R. Christopher Regan has been a director of the Company since September 2005. He is Co-Founder and, since March 2002, Managing Director, of The Chartis Group, a management consultancy group offering strategic, operational, risk management, governance and compliance advice to U.S. healthcare providers, suppliers and payers. Prior to co-founding The Chartis Group in 2001, Mr. Regan served from March 2001 to December 2001 as President of H-Works, a healthcare management consulting firm and a division of The Advisory Board Company. From January 2000 through December 2000, Mr. Regan served as Senior Vice President of Channelpoint, Inc., a healthcare information services company. Mr. Regan also serves as a Trustee of Hamilton College and Ascension Health Ventures.
Mr. Regan’s experience providing advice regarding business valuations, risk management, financial governance and compliance adds to the Board’s breadth of experience on these important factors, and especially benefits the Compensation and Audit Committees, of which he is a member.
David M. Schizer
David M. Schizer has been a director of the Company since November 2014. He is Dean Emeritus and the Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics at Columbia Law School. He served as Dean of Columbia Law School from July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2014. Mr. Schizer served on the Board of Directors of Sapphire Industries, a blank check acquisition company, from December 2007 through December 2010. Mr. Schizer also serves as Co-director of the Richard P. Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy; Co-Director of the Charles Evans Gerber Transactional Studies Center; Co-Director of the Center for Israeli Legal Studies; Director of the Columbia Law review; Director of PMN, the parent company of the Philadelphia Inquirer; President and director of America’s Voices in Israel, a nonprofit that brings celebrities to Israel; and Director of the 92nd Street Y. Mr. Schizer is one of the nation’s leading tax law scholars, and also is an expert in energy law and corporate governance issues.
Mr. Schizer’s experience in complex financial and tax transactions, energy law and corporate governance provides valuable insight in analyzing complex financial and tax initiatives brings significant value to the Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, of which he is a member.
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