IMO 2020, the Coronavirus and the extended Chinese New Year have created a kind of Perfect Storm for shipping across all sectors with adverse impact on demand and freight rates.
The webinar includes CEOs from leading dry bulk and tanker companies who will discuss how they have adapted to the IMO 2020 reality, how they are navigating through the current market conditions as the result of the Coronavirus and what to expect moving forward.
Randy Giveans is the Senior Analyst and Group Head of the Energy Maritime Shipping Equity Research Group and a Senior Vice President at Jefferies. He currently covers 30 energy maritime shipping companies that transport crude oil, refined petroleum products, LNG, LPG, dry bulk commodities, and containers. In 2019, he was named to Institutional Investor's (I.I.) All-America Research Team, and in 2018, he was named an Institutional Investor All-America Research Rising Star and was ranked as the #1 Stock Picker for Shipping in the Thomson Reuters Analyst Awards. Randy has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Bloomberg. Prior to joining Jefferies in 2011, Randy worked as a Senior Financial Analyst in the Corporate Finance department at Continental/United Airlines. Mr. Giveans received a Bachelor of Science in Finance/Economics from Spring Hill College and an MBA in Finance with an Energy Specialization from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.
Kim Ullman was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Swedish publicly traded Concordia Maritime AB in January 2014. For the two years immediately prior to leading Concordia Maritime, Mr Ullman was the CEO of Stena LNG, a new entity in the Stena Group of companies, where he was responsible for all the Group's investments in the dynamic LNG and gas related business.
Mr Ullman has a distinguished 35 year career building successful shipping and energy related companies around the globe, the majority with Stena Bulk AB as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategic Officer, where he had an instrumental role in building Stena Bulk AB's fleet to nearly 100 vessels.
He has worked closely with energy industry end users, including the role of President of StenTex, a JV between Stena and the oil major company Texaco, growing the fleet to 30 product- and crude tankers. He also initiated and developed the Stena Sonangol Suezmax Pool, where, working in partnership with Sonangol, the Angolan National oil company, he created a world leading pool of 25-30 modern Suezmax tankers,
Mr Ullman has also held the title Managing Director of Stena Weco, a competitive commercial trading JV between Stena Bulk and Danish Dannebrog. Stena Weco, now Stena Bulk Product and Chemicals, specialises in transporting edible oils and light chemicals and is one of the largest operators between Asia and Europe.
Mr Ullman is the member of the American Bureau of Shipping, director of the board of the Stena Sonangol Suezmax Pool, Bulk and Tanker Section of the Swedish Shipowners' Association, Member of Intertanko Council.
Marco Fiori is the CEO of Premuda SpA. He was CEO of d'Amico International Shipping S.A. Prior to joining the d'Amico Group, Mr. Fiori was employed in the New York branch of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura. He was initially responsible for the loan portfolio and business development of Fortune 100 companies based on the U.S. West Coast and later, for overseeing and managing the entire U.S. business development market.
From 1990 to 1994, he held the position of head of credit and in 1994 was promoted to the position of senior vice-president and deputy general manager of the New York branch with direct responsibilities for business development, treasury and trading. Mr. Fiori obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Rome University in 1979 and an MBA from American University in Washington D.C. in 1984. He lives in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Valentios ("Eddie") Valentis, has over 25 years of shipping industry experience, including owning, operating and managing tankers. He has founded Pyxis Tankers Inc. and is serving as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors since inception. Mr. Valentis is also the President of Pyxis Maritime Corp., a company he founded in 2007. In 2001, Mr. Valentis was appointed President/CEO of Konkar Shipping Agencies S.A., a drybulk operator based in Greece, which is a position he continues to hold. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Valentis was the Commercial Manager for the L.G.Matsas shipping group. From 1996 through 1998, Mr. Valentis worked as a dry cargo chartering broker and from 1989 to 1995 he was involved in the commercial operation of drybulk vessels.
Mr. Valentis holds a MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Mr. Valentis serves as a council member of the Independent Tanker Owners Association (INTERTANKO) and a member of the Greek Committee of NKK Classification Society.
Stamatis Tsantanis is the Chairman and CEO of Seanergy Maritime Holdings (NASDAQ:SHIP). He has more than 19 years of experience in senior shipping and finance positions. Stamatis joined Seanergy in 2012 and led its reorganization and significant fleet growth into a prominent Capesize drybulk company of more than 1.7 million dwt. Prior to joining Seanergy, he served as Group CFO of Target Marine and managed its corporate and financial strategy. Stamatis previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Top Ships Inc. from its initial listing on NASDAQ to its growth as a major tanker owner of a fleet of 2.5 million dwt. Prior to that, he was an investment banker at Alpha Finance, a member of the Alpha Bank Group, with active role in a number of major shipping corporate finance transactions in the US capital markets. Stamatis is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and holds a Master's degree in Shipping Trade and Finance from Cass Business School in London and a Bachelor's degree in Shipping Economics from the University of Piraeus.
The webinar will consist of a 40-minute expert discussion, which will be followed by a Q&A lasting for 15 minutes. This webinar will be archived and available for replay upon registration.