ESG Committee

The primary purposes of our ESG Committee are to (i) guide, support, and supervise management in developing, articulating, and continuing to evolve our ESG strategy; ii) evaluate and recommend ESG initiatives for adoption; iii) assess ESG risks and opportunities; and iv) promote ESG practices within our business culture and processes.

Mr. van Lacum commenced his career in 1997 at the Fortis Group in the Netherlands. In 1999, he joined the Transportation Group at MeesPierson where he was responsible, in different capacities, for arranging and structuring debt capital markets and leasing products predominantly for the Transportation Equipment Leasing sector. In 2005, Mr. van Lacum became Director of the Fortis Principal Finance Group in the USA, responsible for holding equity investments and structuring debt instruments across different asset classes within the Transportation Sector. In 2009, Mr. van Lacum joined the Transportation Capital Group (“TCG”) as a Partner in the Netherlands. TCG is a private investment firm focusing primarily on the maritime industry. Mr. van Lacum holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Mr Youroukos has been involved in Shipping since 1993, when he joined a major Greek shipowning company and worked in various departments. He founded Technomar, an internationally recognized ship management company, in 1994, where he has served as Managing Director. With over 25 years of experience in the sector, he has negotiated and executed over 270 secondhand and newbuilding vessel transactions, creating partnerships with a number of major shipping banks resulting in co-investment of approximately $230 million in workout transactions. He has also partnered with Private Equity firms to jointly invest in container and dry bulk vessels. Mr. Youroukos serves as the Chairman of the Hellenic Advisory Committee of International classification society, RINA and holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from University College London and a Master in Engineering from Brunel University.

Mr. Chalkias is the Co-founder of Prime Marine, a leading international product tanker and gas carrier management company, where he serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer. He has more than 20 years of experience in the shipping industry, during which he has accumulated broad experience in all aspects of the business and established strong relationships in the industry. Prior to co-founding Prime Marine’s predecessor in 1999, he was employed by Tufton Oceanic Limited, a specialized shipping finance and investment firm in London, where he was involved with debt and equity instruments as well as structured financing. Over the course of his career, Mr. Chalkias has invested in many vessels, primarily product tankers and gas carriers, as well as co-investing in shipping assets alongside well known US based Private Equity Funds.

He also serves as Director of First Ship Lease Trust, a publicly traded Singapore-based business trust, which controls a diversified portfolio of 19 vessels. Mr. Chalkias holds an MSc with Distinction in Shipping, Trade & Finance from the Cass Business School at the City University of London and a BSc with Honours in Maritime Business and Maritime Law from the University of Plymouth.

Mr. Wils was appointed as a director by the board of directors on May 8, 2014. He is a consultant in the shipping and logistics industries, after more than 40 years of experience in the sector. Mr Wils joined the CMA CGM group in 1996 as managing director of the previously state owned shipping company, CGM, on its acquisition by CMA. He was appointed an executive board member of CMA CGM in 2001 on the merger of CMA and CGM, until his retirement in 2008. From 1992 to 1996, he was chairman and CEO of Sceta International, later renamed Geodis International, a leading European logistics and freight forwarding company. He was the managing director of the shipping group Delmas Vieljeux, which he joined in 1971, from 1982 to 1992. Mr Wils, who is a graduate of HEC Paris and of Paris University, was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 1995 and chaired the French Shipowners Association from 1998 to 2000.