Maritime training firms Seagull and Videotel, acquired by private equity investor Oakley Capital in May, have put a new leadership team in place with shipmanagement veteran Manish Singh appointed CEO and Seagull MD Roger Ringstad stepping up to the executive chairman role.
Alex Collins, partner at Oakley Capital, commented: “We have a tremendously driven leadership team in Roger and Manish and look forward to backing them in delivering safety at sea and incremental value to our users. Roger Ringstad will chair the group and help the leadership team shape the vision for the coming years, enhance partnering relationships with our customers and acquire further capabilities and digital technologies to deliver new maritime knowledge solutions.”
Singh, a third-generation seafarer and an experienced shipmanager, served as a director at V.Group for many years and is also the current chairman of Cambridge Academy of Transport.
“Through my career, I have been a user, a client and a peer of Seagull and Videotel. I regard these businesses as being uniquely placed to partner with our clients, maritime administrations and the organisation, to keep our seafarers, our ships and our seas safe,” Singh said.
Ringstad said the appointment of Singh will help Seagull and Videotel enter into closer partnerships with customers, and facilitate the introduction of new state of the art technology. This includes investment in 3D animation and adopting gaming technology.
“High quality content will remain the cornerstone of our value proposition,” Singh declared.