Bart Veldhuizen has served as a Director of the Company since November 2014. Mr. Veldhuizen has been working in the shipping industry since 1994 on both the banking and non-banking sides. He started his career with Van Ommeren Shipping, a Dutch public shipping and storage company, after which he joined DVB Bank SE as a shipping banker working in both Rotterdam and Piraeus. In 2000, he joined Smit International, a publicly listed maritime service provider active in salvage, marine contracting and harbor towage. After working for Smit International in both Greece and Singapore, Mr. Veldhuizen returned to the Netherlands in to work with NIBC Bank, a Dutch-based merchant bank. From August 2007 until October 2011, he was the Managing Director and Head of Shipping of Lloyds Banking Group plc in London. In this capacity, Mr. Veldhuizen managed the combined Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland’s shipping loan and lease portfolio. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Veldhuizen was on the Board of Managing Directors of DVB Bank SE where he was responsible for the bank’s shipping and offshore franchises. Through his private company Aquarius Maritime Capital Ltd, he advises various credit funds and private equity firms on a variety on shipping investments in both the credit and hard asset classes.
Mr. Veldhuizen holds a degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Mr. Veldhuizen is a former Director of Seadrill Partners LLC (NYSE-listed “SDLP”) and Golar LNG Partners LP (Nasdaq-listed under “GMLP”). In March 2019, Mr. Veldhuizen joined the board of Diamond S Shipping Inc. (NYSE listed under “DSSI”) as an independent Member of the Board. The Board of Directors selected Mr. Veldhuizen to serve as a Director because it believes that Mr. Veldhuizen brings valuable banking and financial expertise. Mr. Veldhuizen brings over 25 years of experience in international banking specialized in shipping to the Board of Directors.