OUR PEOPLE

 

OUR PEOPLE

 

OUR PEOPLE

 

OUR PEOPLE

 

OUR PEOPLE

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Pioneer has built a strong reputation by actively focusing on devoted employees, and satisfied clients.
We believe that if you create a friendly, collegial atmosphere and work environment, it will lead to excellence.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Torben Janholt

Torben Janholt is the Chief Executive Officer and he has been a member of the Pioneer Marine board of directors since 2013.

Mr. Janholt currently serves on the board of directors of several companies such as D/S Torm PLC, Roland Dawe’s Family Foundation, Bunker Holding A/S, Uni-Tankers A/S and A/S United Shipping & Trading Company. He was a member of the board of directors of PostNord AB and European Community Shipowners’ Association (Brussels). He was also a Chairman of the Danish Shipowners Association. Mr. Janholt served as President and CEO of J. Lauritzen A/S from 1998 to 2012.

Bradley Dietz

Bradley Dietz serves on the boards of directors of various public and private companies. From 2001 to 2010, he was Managing Director and Partner of Peter J. Solomon Company, a New York based investment banking firm. He was also a managing director at Citibank from 1990 through 2000.

Mr. Dietz also has held positions at Bankers Trust Company and Metromedia Inc. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Contec, Inc., and serves on the boards of ACA Financial Guaranty, and Cosmetic Essence, Inc.

Petros Poulmentis

Petros Poulmentis professional experience dates back to 1977 and encompasses investment as well as active asset management focusing primarily on the maritime sector. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Tufton Oceanic Finance Group Ltd, a director of Oceanic Marine Management Ltd as well as holding other directorships including charitable organizations.

Mr. Poulmentis has previously held various executive positions also acting as a CEO in a number of shipping companies involved in both dry and oil transportation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Mr. Poulmentis is a resident of Switzerland and a national of Greece.

Egemen Duzgoren

Egemen Duzgoren is responsible for origination, execution and management of structured finance transactions within Garrison Investment Group.

Prior to joining Garrison in 2016, Mr. Duzgoren held leadership positions at Maritime Finance Group at CIT Bank in New York and BTMU Capital Corporation (Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi) in Boston where he was managing a global transportation finance portfolio.

In the earlier years of his career, he was involved in ship management with direct exposure to U.S.A, Europe and Far East.

Joshua Brandt

Joshua Brandt is responsible for transaction analysis, execution and asset management within the Corporate Finance Group in Garrison Investment Group.

Prior to joining Garrison in 2008, Mr. Brandt was employed by CastleHill Investment Management, where he focused on underwriting and managing credit strategies throughout the capital structure. He also has previous experience from Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Brandt is currently a director of Premier Trailer Leasing, Inc., Bristol Compressors International, Inc, TNCI, LLC and Contec Holdings Ltd.

“You don’t build a business
you build people
and then people, build the business”
Zig Ziglar – Author

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

Torben Janholt

Chief Executive Officer

Torben Janholt is the Chief Executive Officer and he has been a member of the Pioneer Marine board of directors since 2013.

Mr. Janholt currently serves on the board of directors of several companies such as D/S Torm PLC, Roland Dawe’s Family Foundation, Bunker Holding A/S, Uni-Tankers A/S and A/S United Shipping & Trading Company. He was a member of the board of directors of PostNord AB and European Community Shipowners’ Association (Brussels). He was also a Chairman of the Danish Shipowners Association. Mr. Janholt served as President and CEO of J. Lauritzen A/S from 1998 to 2012.

Korinna Tapaktsoglou

Chief Financial Officer

Korinna Tapaktsoglou is the Chief Financial Officer of Pioneer Marine since 2017. She joined the Company in 2014 as VP of Finance and Accounts.

She has 22 years of experience in the areas of Finance, Audit, Financial Report and Management Accounting. Prior to joining Pioneer Marine, she was Head of Internal Audit and Compliance in a NYSE listed dry bulk company and Audit Manager in PwC. She holds an Honors bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Macedonia and is a fellow member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (“ACCA”).

Dimitris Papoulis

Chief Operating Officer

Dimitris Papoulis is the Chief Operating Officer of Pioneer Marine since 2019. He joined the Company in 2013 as Vice President of Commercial Operations.

He has 20 years of experience in dry bulk industry and in-depth market knowledge with specialization in geared tonnage. Prior to joining Pioneer Marine, Mr. Papoulis was Managing Director at Lynx FT shipbroking liaising with all major grain houses and charterers around the world and Senior Chartering Broker at Shiptrade Services. He holds a BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Maritime Law from the University of Plymouth and a MSc in International Transport  from University of Cardiff.

MANAGEMENT

Eleftheria Savvidaki

Legal Counsel

Eleftheria Savvidaki is the Legal Counsel of Pioneer Marine since 2017. She has over 16 years of experience in the shipping legal sector.

Prior to joining Pioneer Marine, Mrs. Savvidaki was Vice President of Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary of a NASDAQ listed shipping company and has also held the positions of Claims and Insurance Manager & Legal Manager in other established international shipping companies. She has an LLM degree in Legal Aspects of Maritime Affairs from the University of Cardiff and a bachelor’s degree in Maritime Business with Maritime Law from the University of Plymouth.

Vergina Spyrou

VP Finance & Accounts

Vergina Spyrou is the VP of Finance & Accounts since 2017. She joined Pioneer Marine in 2014 as Financial Reporting Manager.

Mrs. Spyrou has over 11 years of experience in the areas of Finance, Audit, and Financial Reporting. Prior to joining Pioneer Marine, she held the position of an Audit Manager at PwC and the position of Audit Senior at EY. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance Management from the University of Piraeus and is a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (“ACCA”).

Nikos Zannos

VP Chartering

Nikos Zannos is the VP of Chartering since 2018. He joined Pioneer Marine in 2014 as Chartering Manager.

Mr. Zannos has 17 years of experience in dry bulk chartering and has previously served as Senior Chartering Broker at RS Platou Hellas and was a founding member of Shiptrade Services. He is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis –Athens branch with a bachelor’s degree in Economics & Finance.

George Dounas

Operations Manager

George Dounas is the Operations Manager of Pioneer Marine since 2014. He has over 20 years of experience in shipping commercial and operations.

Prior to joining Pioneer Marine, Mr. Dounas worked in Pancoast Trading as Operator. He holds a master’s degree in Port & Shipping Administration from the University of Wales.

Michail Fagkrezos

Technical Manager

Michail Fagkrezos serves as the Technical Manager of Pioneer Marine since 2018. He has over 20 years of experience in the shipping industry with specialization in the dry bulk market.

Prior to joining Pioneer Marine, Mr. Fagkrezos was a Deputy Technical Manager at Navarone S.A. (Ship Managers of Canadian Forest Investigation). He is also a member of DNV-GL Technical Committee. Mr. Fagkrezos is a graduate of the Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in Marine Engineering & Naval Architecture and holder of a MSc in Marine Policy from the UWCC (UK).

Konstantinos Karavasilis

Treasury Manager

Konstantinos Karavasilis is the Treasury Manager of Pioneer Marine since 2017. He joined Pioneer Marine in 2014 as Internal Auditor.

Mr. Karavasilis has over 12 years of experience in the areas of Internal Audit, Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting (ICFR), Risk Management and Corporate Governance. Prior to joining Pioneer Marine, he was Senior Consultant in PwC with significant exposure to a variety of public and private entities in the shipping sector. He holds a MSc in Accounting & Finance from the University of Birmingham and he is a Certified Internal Auditor (“CIA”) from the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Anastasios Chrysinas

Financial Analyst

Anastasios Chrysinas is the Financial Analyst of Pioneer Marine since 2017. He had previously joined the Financial Reporting Department of the Company for one year in 2015.

Mr. Chrysinas has over 7 years of experience in the areas of Finance, Audit and Financial Reporting. Prior to joining Pioneer Marine, he founded his own company that operates in the Food Retail & Wholesale industry and he was also Audit Senior at PwC and EY with significant exposure in listed shipping companies. Mr. Chrysinas holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Finance from De Montfort University in Leicester. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (“ICAEW”).