Kenny Rogers walks away from Aurora Tankers

A well-known name in Singapore shipping circles has had a career change.

Kenny Rogers, head of Aurora Tankers, part of the Tsao family-controlled IMC Group, stepped down today after eight years in the job.

In a note to clients seen by Splash, Aurora executives noted: “Among [Rogers’] most notable achievements include successfully managing the first phase of our 55K MRs newbuilding program, as well as building an experienced and capable team to take the business into the future.”

A replacement will be announced later. In the meantime, Frederik Guttormsen, who joined IMC from Stolt-Nielsen in December last year, will oversee Aurora’s operations.

Aurora is IMC’s MR2 tanker division, which today has a fleet of 14 ships trading with another eight newbuilds to deliver over the next two years.

Speaking with Splash, Rogers, a lively panellist at many Maritime CEO Forums, said he was seeking new job opportunities after July 1. Rogers’ extensive shipping career dates back to the late 1970s when he worked on Texaco’s tanker fleet.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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