Per Ekmann appointed CEO of Uni-Tankers

Per Ekmann appointed CEO of Uni-Tankers

Danish tanker owner Uni-Tankers, part of Torben Østergaard-Nielsen’s United Shipping & Trading Company, has appointed Per Ekmann as its new CEO.

Ekmann has been serving as interim CEO since December 2018, and was previously the CEO of Uni-Chartering. He replaces Torben Andersen, who left last year.

Commenting on the appointment, Østergaard-Nielsen said: “Per is a strong commercial force with a clear management style and a proven ability to execute. I’m convinced that he will be able to develop the company in accordance with the agreed plan, and at the same time exploit market opportunities.

“Per brings many years of experience in shipping, and a deep insight in Uni-Tankers’ niche area within chemical tankers. This combined with the fact that Per has already been part of the Uni-Tankers executive board for several years gives him an in-depth understanding of the company’s business model and potential.”

Additionally, Peter Stokbro has joined as technical director for Uni-Tankers’ combined operations. Stokbro is the former technical director at Navig8 Group.

Uni-Tankers also announced that is has received an injection of new capital from USTC, which sees the company once again completely back in the hands of USTC and Østergaard-Nielsen. It had gone through a period where Danske Bank was a co-owner.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.

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